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Man City vs Chelsea: What Guardiola told me About Champions League Final – Thomas Tuchel
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Man City vs Chelsea: What Guardiola told me About Champions League Final – Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that his Manchester City counterpart, Pep Guardiola has told him the tactics he (Pep) would deploy when both sides clash in the Champions League final later this month. Pep Guardiola and Tuchel have met twice since the German replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January. And the former PSG boss has had the upper hand guiding Chelsea to a 1-0 win over City in their FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley last month, and coming from behind to beat them 2-1 in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium. Tuchel will now be hoping that the same outcome occurs when they clash on May 29, which, of course, will be the biggest of the victories. Ahead of the kick-off of the Premier League game on Saturday, both Tuchel and Guardiola w...
Sam Allardyce Reacts to being Relegated from Premier League
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Sam Allardyce Reacts to being Relegated from Premier League

  West Brom manager, Sam Allardyce, has reacted after he suffered relegation from the Premier League for the first time in his managerial career. The Baggies lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Sunday night, confirming their drop from the Championship. Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe gave the Gunners a two-goal lead, before Mathaus Pereira pulled one back for West Brom. Willian then struck a sublime free-kick late in the game to seal Allardyce’s men’s fate. Allardyce had established himself as a relegation escape artist during his various managerial spells in England’s top flight, but his 17th season in the division ultimately ended in failure, with West Brom relegated from the division for a joint-record fifth time. “It’s not sunk in yet. But I’m sure I’ll wake up ...
Arsenal Send West Brom Down with 3-1 Win
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Arsenal Send West Brom Down with 3-1 Win

Arsenal sent West Brom down with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium as Sam Allardyce suffered relegation from the Premier League for the first time in his career. The Gunners, 10th in the Premier League table ahead of kick-off and playing for little more than pride after their Europa League exit on Thursday, took the lead when the excellent Bukayo Saka, playing at left-back, crossed for Emile Smith Rowe to volley home (29). Arsenal doubled their advantage soon afterwards when Nicolas Pepe cut inside from the right flank and curled a stunning effort beyond the outstretched Sam Johnstone (35), but they had some nervy moments after that. West Brom pulled a goal back in superb style when Matheus Pereira broke forward from inside his own half and, with Arsenal defenders backing off ...
Ole Delighted to Deny City | Maguire Injury Concern
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Ole Delighted to Deny City | Maguire Injury Concern

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says denying Manchester City their title party on Sunday was the best part about Manchester United's 3-1 win at Aston Villa. United came from behind once again to win all three points at Villa Park thanks to second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes (pen), Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani, meaning City still need three points to secure the Premier League title. If United lose to either Leicester (Tuesday) or Liverpool (Thursday), or drop points in both games, City will be crowned champions, and even if United go on winning, City can still win the title by taking matters into their own hands by beating Newcastle on Friday night. But Solskjaer was glad not to arrive in Manchester on Sunday evening to a party on the blue side of the city. "That's a good thi...
Dunk Hero to Villain as Wolves Fight Back to Beat Brighton
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Dunk Hero to Villain as Wolves Fight Back to Beat Brighton

Morgan Gibbs-White came up with an injury-time winner for Wolves after Brighton's Lewis Dunk scored and was then sent off in a 2-1 victory for the hosts at Molineux on Sunday. At half-time the Seagulls had looked on course for a win which would have taken them to 40 points and made them mathematically safe from relegation, thanks to Dunk's towering header on 13 minutes. However, Brighton were left to play the final 37 minutes with 10 men after Dunk grabbed Fabio Silva's shirt as he ran through on goal, and substitute Adama Traore fired Wolves level (76). Gibbs-White had passed up a great chance to score his side's second when he blasted over from 16 yards with the goal at his mercy but he made no mistake from a similar position with 90 minutes on the clock, earning Wolves a fi...
Ghana and Crystal Palace midfielder Schlupp reacts after significant step following injury return
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Ghana and Crystal Palace midfielder Schlupp reacts after significant step following injury return

The German-born shares his thoughts on Saturday’s Premier League action against Sheffield United Ghana international Jeffrey Schlupp was delighted to have made further progress following his recent injury return by seeing 70 minutes of action for Crystal Palace in Saturday’s Premier League victory over Sheffield United. The midfielder was back in the Eagles line-up for the first time since January as they registered a 2-0 away win in the matchday 35 fixture at Bramall Lane. It was his first start for the club since January and just his second since the turn of the year.
Man City boss Guardiola reveals ‘exceptional’ Zinchenko rejected transfer offers
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Man City boss Guardiola reveals ‘exceptional’ Zinchenko rejected transfer offers

The Premier League leaders' coach has praised the full-back for the impact he's had at Etihad Stadium this season Man City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that Oleksandr Zinchenko rejected transfer offers last summer while describing the defender as an "exceptional" talent. Zinchenko is currently enjoying arguably his best season yet at Etihad Stadium, having initially been snapped up from Russian outfit FC Ufa in 2016. The 24-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from City following an underwhelming 2019-20 campaign, with Guardiola now confirming that he chose to stay and fight for his place after generating interest from a number of clubs.
Man Utd, Liverpool target Sancho responds to fresh Prem transfer talk
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Man Utd, Liverpool target Sancho responds to fresh Prem transfer talk

Jadon Sancho is unsure about his future at Borussia Dortmund amid talk he could move to a Premier League club this summer. Sancho spoke after he scored two goals in Dortmund's 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Sancho's impressive form has various English clubs interested in signing him once more, including long-time suitors Manchester United and Liverpool. The 21-year-old said: "Will I leave the club? I don't know about my future. "I am very happy here in Dortmund at the moment. I love the club, the fans and the team. They gave me my first professional start."  
Ben Chilwell Names ‘brilliant’ Player in Chelsea Squad after Man City win
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Ben Chilwell Names ‘brilliant’ Player in Chelsea Squad after Man City win

Chelsea left-back, Ben Chilwell, has identified teammate, Reece James, as the ‘brilliant’ player following the Blues’ 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Marcos Alonso’s late goal gave Thomas Tuchel’s side all three points against Man City at Etihad. Hakim Ziyech had cancelled Raheem Sterling’s opener for Pep Guardiola’s men against Chelsea. But Chilwell, who was rested on Saturday, still took time to recognise the influential display of James. He wrote on Twitter: “Thought this guy was brilliant tonight Reece James!” The victory against Man City means Chelsea are now in the third position on the Premier League table with 64 points from 35 matches. Chelsea’s next match is against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Man City vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel Gives Verdict on Raheem Sterling’s Foul on Werner
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Man City vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel Gives Verdict on Raheem Sterling’s Foul on Werner

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, believes Raheem Sterling was fortunate to stay on the field after a late foul on Timo Werner during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory against Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea all three points against Man City as Sterling’s first-half goal was not enough to give Pep Guardiola’s side a point at Etihad. Sterling made a late high foul on Werner, but after a VAR check, they stayed with referee Anthony Taylor’s initial decision of a yellow card. When asked about his thoughts on Sterling demanding a penalty after being involved in a clash with Kurt Zouma in the second half during the encounter, Tuchel said at his post-match press conference, “I only saw it live and I was in fear that h...
Thiago Scores First Liverpool Goal in Vital Win Over Saints
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Thiago Scores First Liverpool Goal in Vital Win Over Saints

Thiago scored his first goal for Liverpool as they kept their top-four hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Southampton at Anfield. Both sides had clear chances in an open first half, but Liverpool got the opener as Sadio Mane rose above Kyle Walker-Peters to convert Mohamed Salah's cross from six yards (31), the first time the duo had combined for a Premier League goal this season. Alisson was on hand to deny Saints on several occasions in both halves, while also nearly handing them a leveller on a plate with a poor pass out in the second, gratefully gathering Che Adams' weak shot, before summer signing Thiago. struck with a fine low effort from outside the box into the bottom right corner (90). The weekend had offered mixed results in Liverpool's quest for the top four, with Leic...
Klopp hints at Liverpool future for Minamino as Southampton loanee remains an ‘important player’
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Klopp hints at Liverpool future for Minamino as Southampton loanee remains an ‘important player’

The Japan international was allowed to head out of Anfield in the winter window, but will be welcomed back to Anfield over the summer Jurgen Klopp has assured Takumi Minamino that he remains part of the long-term thinking at Liverpool, with the Japan international considered to be an "important player" for the Reds. The 26-year-old forward was deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside over the winter, with a loan switch to Premier League rivals Southampton sanctioned. Minamino has admitted that questions will have to be asked of his future at the end of the season, but Klopp says a versatile operator will be given every chance to prove his worth back at his parent club.
Aguero would be a great signing for Barcelona’ – Rivaldo wants Man City legend at Camp Nou
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Aguero would be a great signing for Barcelona’ – Rivaldo wants Man City legend at Camp Nou

A prolific Argentine frontman is set to become a free agent this summer and has seen a switch to Catalunya mooted for some time Sergio Aguero would be "a great signing for Barcelona", says Rivaldo, with a Blaugrana icon hoping to see another Argentine forward lining up alongside Lionel Messi next season. Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer is set to drop into the free agent pool, with a Premier League legend preparing to take on a new challenge at the age of 32. A switch to Camp Nou has been mooted for some time and Rivaldo - who has spoken in the past about the impact a deal for Aguero could have on Messi signing a new contract - is hoping to see a bargain agreement put in place by Barca.
Leads 3-1 Tottenham : Spurs Champions Hopes Dealt Huge Blow
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Leads 3-1 Tottenham : Spurs Champions Hopes Dealt Huge Blow

Tottenham's hopes of finishing the season inside the Premier League's top four took a huge blow as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Leeds United. Spurs' interim boss Ryan Mason had targeted four wins to finish the season and with Leicester's surprise defeat at Newcastle on Friday, the door had just been opened for Spurs in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League. However, they suffered an early set back when Stuart Dallas gave the hosts the lead in the 13th minute. Tottenham cancelled out Dallas' opener to draw level in the 25th minute through Heung-Min Son, but Leeds regained the lead just before half-time as Patrick Bamford converted Ezgjan Alioski's cut back from close range. Spurs, who saw two Harry Kane goals correctly ruled out for offside, had chances in ...
EPL: Kroenke Reveals his Plans for Arteta after Poor Season
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EPL: Kroenke Reveals his Plans for Arteta after Poor Season

  Arsenal owner, Stan Kroenke, is planning to back manager Mikel Arteta seriously in the summer market. The American billionaire will not sack the under-fire Spaniard despite the Gunners’ disastrous season. Instead, Kroenke will sanction a free-spending summer transfer window, according to the UK Sun. Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage to Villarreal. Arteta’s men are now unlikely to qualify for any European football next season, as they currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League. Fans have begun calling for the coach’s head, but Kroenke doesn’t agree, and is convinced that the former midfielder is the right man to lead the club forward. It is claimed that at least two or three big-name players will arrive at the Emirates t...
De Bruyne Needed to Leave Chelsea – Tuchel
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De Bruyne Needed to Leave Chelsea – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has said Kevin De Bruyne needed to leave the club in 2014 in order to grow. However, he insisted that Kai Havertz or Timo Werner will not need similar departures. De Bruyne left Stamford Bridge in an £18million deal to Wolfsburg, before becoming one of the Premier League’s best playmakers at Manchester City. The Belgian midfielder could win the title for the third time if City beat Chelsea on Saturday, with a Champions League final to come between the two English teams later in the month. “I don’t know; I was not there. I can say that you can get caught up in the thoughts that it was a big mistake to let him go, but you never know. “You don’t know what would have happened if he did not change the club back to Germany from Chelsea ...
We Cannot be Crying – Arteta Vows to Carry out ‘Ruthless’ Arsenal Overhaul
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We Cannot be Crying – Arteta Vows to Carry out ‘Ruthless’ Arsenal Overhaul

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said he will carry out a “ruthless” overhaul of his squad this summer. The Gunners are likely not to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years. They were sent out of the Europa League by Villarreal on Thursday and currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League. Following a disappointing end to the campaign, Arteta is keen to revamp his playing personnel ahead of next season. “This year is not year one. I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon, if we do what we have to do. But we have to be ruthless. “We cannot be crying and stuck on what we don’t have. We have to see what we do have and maximise it to get what we want,” Arteta sa...
Super Eagles striker, Onuachu hoping for Arsenal move
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Super Eagles striker, Onuachu hoping for Arsenal move

Genk striker, Paul Onuachu, is keen on a switch to Arsenal. According to Voetbal Belgie, the Super Eagles striker is eyeing Premier League football next season. Thanks to his stunning form this season, Onuachu’s market value has risen to €17 million. Genk are also reportedly ready to listen to offers for the Nigerian international. Onuachu is under contract at the Luminus Arena until 2024. He joined the club from Danish club Midtjylland for €6 million in 2019.
Iheanacho Bags 18th Goal Of The Season As Leicester Suffer Top-Four
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Iheanacho Bags 18th Goal Of The Season As Leicester Suffer Top-Four

Kelechi Iheanacho returned to scoring form as he netted for Leicester but it was not enough as they lost 4-2 at home to Newcastle in Friday night’s Premier League game, a result which does not help their pursuit for top-four finish, Rushhoursport.com reports. Iheanacho got Leicester’s second goal with three minutes left in the game after cutting from the right before hitting a low strike into the bottom corner. It was Iheanacho’s 11th goal in 22 Premier League appearances this season and his 18th strike in all competitions in the current campaign. Also, he has now scored 10 Premier League goals since the start of March, the most of any player. The only player to score more goals over this period in Europe’s top five leagues is fellow Nigerian Simy Nwankwo with 12 in Serie A...
Newcastle Take Giant Leap Towards Premier League Safety
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Newcastle Take Giant Leap Towards Premier League Safety

Newcastle took a giant stride towards Premier League survival after securing a resounding 4-2 win at Leicester, dealing a blow to the hosts' Champions League hopes at the King Power Stadium on Friday Night Football. Steve Bruce's side moved 12 points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, who still have four games to play, as fears of another end-of-season collapse for the Foxes in their bid to finish in the top four showed signs of materialising. Joe Willock took full advantage of a Caglar Soyuncu error to continue his rich vein of form (22) before Paul Dummett rose unopposed to double Newcastle's lead (34), with Brendan Rodgers' team visibly unsettled by the late withdrawal of Jonny Evans prior to kick-off through injury. Callum Wilson pounced on a Timothy Castagne mistake to add to L...
Thauvin completes transfer to Liga MX side Tigres following Premier League links
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Thauvin completes transfer to Liga MX side Tigres following Premier League links

The 28-year-old is seen as a major statement of intent from the Mexican outfit Liga MX side Tigres have announced the signing of Florian Thauvin from Marseille on a free transfer. The 28-year-old moves to Mexico on a five-year deal and will be reunited with former team-mate Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also left Marseille for the Mexican club in 2015. The signing is a major coup for Tigres after Thauvin had been linked with several Premier League clubs, as well as AC Milan.
Bekoe: Asamoah Gyan hostility could spell doom for Ghana Premier League
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Bekoe: Asamoah Gyan hostility could spell doom for Ghana Premier League

The former Porcupine Warriors striker shares his thoughts on the booing incident involving the Black Stars record scorer Former Asante Kotoko striker Eric Bekoe believes Asamoah Gyan's hostility received from fans of the club will ward off other successful Ghana players abroad from making a return to the domestic league. Currently on the books of Legon Cities, former Sunderland and Udinese forward Gyan was subjected to boos during a Premier League fixture last Friday. This did not go down well with the 35-year-old who held no punches in launching an attack of his own aimed at the Kotoko fans.
Not my problem’ – Solskjaer ready to anger Man Utd’s top-four rivals with rotation in stacked schedule
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Not my problem’ – Solskjaer ready to anger Man Utd’s top-four rivals with rotation in stacked schedule

  The Red Devils are facing a hectic run-in, meaning that their manager is going to have to tinker with his plans on a regular basis Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to anger Manchester United's top-four rivals by rotating his squad during a hectic run-in, with the Red Devils boss claiming an unfortunate situation is "not my problem, that's everyone else's problem." Having seen their last Premier League fixture with Liverpool postponed following supporter protests at Old Trafford, a side sat comfortably in second spot and through to the Europa League final is having to revise its plans. When taking to the field against Aston Villa on Sunday, United will be facing four Premier League games in the space of 10 days, meaning that Solskjaer is going to have to tinker with his selectio...
Arteta Reveals how Arsenal can Still Qualify for Europe after Europa League exit
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Arteta Reveals how Arsenal can Still Qualify for Europe after Europa League exit

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said the Premier League offers the only route for his team to play in Europe next season. The Gunners were dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday night, following a goalless draw with Villarreal. Arteta’s men had lost 2-1 in Spain last week. Their only realistic path to playing in Europe is if they finish in the top six spots. “The only way [to qualify for Europe] is through the Premier League so we know what we have ahead of us. “Today is a big disappointment because we tried everything,” Arteta told BT Sport.
EPL Predictions For Week 35 – By Owolabi Marcus
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EPL Predictions For Week 35 – By Owolabi Marcus

It's another all English Champions League final as Manchester City and Chelsea set for a major fight for the biggest trophy in European club football. Manchester United will be all out against Spanish side Villareal in the Europa League final. With four games to the end of the season and Man City leading the pack, it's going to be another exciting premier league weekend. Below are the predictions for the week. Leicester vs Newcastle - Home Win Leeds vs Tottenham - BTS Sheffield vs Crystal Palace - Away Win Man City vs Chelsea - BTS Liverpool vs Southampton - BTS Wolves vs Brighton - Draw Aston Villa vs Man United - BTS Wesham vs Everton - BTS Arsenal vs Westbrom - Home Win Fulham vs Burnley - Away Win You don't necessarily have to pick all game...
‘I saw Neymar and Mbappe defend a lot’ – Mahrez
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‘I saw Neymar and Mbappe defend a lot’ – Mahrez

  The Ligue 1 side's forwards have been criticised after European elimination, however, one of their opponents has defended their work ethic Neymar and Kylian Mbappe "defended a lot" during PSG's Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester City, according to Riyad Mahrez. PSG were well beaten over two legs by the Premier League outfit, with much of the blame falling on their star forwards, with claims that they are too individualistic and do not pull their weight for the Parisian club. Mahrez, however, does not see it that way, and feels that over the two legs Mbappe - who did not play in the second game due to injury problems - and Neymar showed a willingness to help out at both ends of the pitch.
Solskjaer Slams ‘Impossible Schedule’ after Man Utd Qualify for Europa League final
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Solskjaer Slams ‘Impossible Schedule’ after Man Utd Qualify for Europa League final

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has hit out at the Premier League after they were ordered to play three matches in five days, after last weekend’s game against Liverpool was postponed. United travel to Aston Villa this Sunday, before hosting Leicester City on Tuesday. The rearranged fixture with Liverpool has been scheduled for 48 hours later next Thursday. Solskjaer, who led United to the Europa League final with a 8-5 aggregate victory over AS Roma on Thursday, has described the schedule as “impossible”. “It’s unheard of. It’s made by people who have never played football at this level. Physically, impossible for the players to do it after being here, doing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. It’s impossible. “So we’ve not been dealt a good hand, but ...
Arteta Under Huge Pressure after Being Embarrassed by Unai Emery – Keown
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Arteta Under Huge Pressure after Being Embarrassed by Unai Emery – Keown

  Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has warned Mikel Arteta that he is now under immense pressure, after they crashed out of the Europa League against Villarreal. The Gunners lost 2-1 and could only draw 0-0 with Unai Emery’s side at the Emirates on Thursday night. Although Arteta insists he is still the best man for the job, there are already speculations about his job. Arsenal sit in ninth place in the Premier League and are now staring at the prospect of a season without European football for the first time since 1995/1996. “The manager comes under enormous pressure, you start to look at the wisdom of a young manager coming in to take a job here. It’s a huge job, massive job at this football club. “You have to be a quick learner as a manager. I’m not sayi...
Premier League Breaks LaLiga’s Record in Champions League, Europa League
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Premier League Breaks LaLiga’s Record in Champions League, Europa League

    Premier League teams have set a new record for overall European performance in one campaign. This follows Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United qualification for the finals of the two top competitions. The coefficient score is an average of all an association’s teams in Europe over the course of the campaign. English clubs’ coefficient this season will surpass the previous highest, set by La Liga in the 2015/2016 season, when Real Madrid and Sevilla lifted the Champions League and Europa League respectively. The Premier League has 23.928 points, but with the Champions League winners guaranteed to come from England, the score at the end of season will be 24.214 at least. The Premier League was already guaranteed to take over as the No. 1 ranke...
Blown out of proportion’ – Conte’s former assistant Alessio lifts the lid on Mourinho spat
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Blown out of proportion’ – Conte’s former assistant Alessio lifts the lid on Mourinho spat

Inter boss Antonio Conte is ready to rekindle his rivalry with Jose Mourinho next season, as the Portuguese prepares to take charge of Roma, but Angelo Alessio insists talk of tension between the pair has been "blown out of proportion". Two fiery characters have butted heads in the past, with their time together in the Premier League at Chelsea and Manchester United seeing sparks fly. Mourinho reacted angrily to Conte's celebrations during a meeting at Stamford Bridge, with the latter branding his coaching counterpart a "little man" in January 2018.
Tuchel Makes Champions League history as Chelsea Qualify for final
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Tuchel Makes Champions League history as Chelsea Qualify for final

  Thomas Tuchel has become the first coach to reach the European Cup or Champions League final in consecutive years with different clubs. Chelsea beat Real Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday night in their semi-final second leg, to seal a 3-1 aggregate win. The Blues will face Premier League rivals Manchester City in the final. Last year, Tuchel led PSG to the final, where the Ligue 1 side lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. When BT Sport told Tuchel he must be doing something right to have achieved such a feat, he replied: “Or not because it’s not the same club! It depends who you ask.” The German then added: “I’m very happy that we’ve achieved this. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to live my life in football and this passion as a profession. “So grateful to do it on t...
Carragher Snubs Van Dijk, Maguire, names Best Defender in Premier League
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Carragher Snubs Van Dijk, Maguire, names Best Defender in Premier League

  Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has hailed Manchester City’s Ruben Dias as the best defender in the Premier League. Carragher rated Dias above Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. The 23-year-old has transformed City’s defence since he joined from Benfica for £64million last summer. With Pep Guardiola’s men just one victory away from the Premier League title, Dias has been one of their best players of the season. “I love him. I think he’s been the best player in the Premier League this season, I really do believe that. “I think he’s had a huge effect on Manchester City. Even when he speaks and you watch him play you can’t believe he’s 23. John Stones next to him is 27-28 and you feel like it’s the other way around with John Stones and that’s no disrespect...
Tuchel Feels Good about Facing City | ‘We Could’ve Scored Five!’
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Tuchel Feels Good about Facing City | ‘We Could’ve Scored Five!’

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea "feel good" about playing Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Champions League final after beating them last month. Tuchel's side set up a Champions League showdown with City on May 29 in Istanbul with a 2-0 win over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, going through 3-1 on aggregate. It's the second all-English Champions League final in three years, and while Tuchel says April's FA Cup semi-final win over Pep Guardiola's side doesn't give them an upper hand, it does make them confident of a repeat performance. "No [it doesn't give us] the upper hand, but it gives us a good feeling, it gives us confidence. We played the semi on the edge. They are the benchmark and we wanted to close the gap to Man City. We will need the same leve...
Sasere returns to Lugano after end of Hamrun Spartans loan
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Sasere returns to Lugano after end of Hamrun Spartans loan

The Nigerian striker has reunited with the Swiss Super League outfit following the end of his loan spell in Malta. Franklin Sasere has returned to Lugano after completing his loan spell at Maltese Premier League outfit Hamrun Spartans. The 22-year-old trained with the rest of the Lugano team on Wednesday morning as he hopes to become a key figure at the Cornaredo Stadium.
Premier League Takes Final Decision on Postponed Man Utd vs Liverpool clash
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Premier League Takes Final Decision on Postponed Man Utd vs Liverpool clash

  The Premier League on Wednesday, confirmed that Manchester United’s home fixture with Liverpool, will now be played on Thursday, May 13. The game was called off last week, following fans’ protests inside Old Trafford. The new date means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will now play three matches in five days. The dates for the penultimate round of 2020/2021 Premier League games were also confirmed. United are away to Aston Villa on Sunday, May 9 and will now play Leicester City on Tuesday, May 11 at 6pm (previously Wednesday, May, 12) and Liverpool on Thursday, May 13 at 8.15pm, with both games at Old Trafford. To accommodate that rescheduling, Southampton vs Crystal Palace remains on Tuesday, May 11 but will kick-off at 8.15pm, Aston Villa vs Everton will still be ...
Champions League: Guardiola’s Father Predicts Team Man City will Face in final
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Champions League: Guardiola’s Father Predicts Team Man City will Face in final

Valenti, the father of Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has predicted that his son’s team will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. City have qualified for the final in Istanbul, following a 4-1 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain. The Premier League leaders won 2-1 in Paris and 2-0 at the Etihad on Tuesday night. They will now face either Chelsea or Real Madrid, who played out a 1-1 draw in their own semi-final first leg. “Beating Real Madrid would be a complete dream,” Valentí Guardiola told Israeli sports channel ‘Sports 5’. “If {Manchester City} play against Real Madrid, I hope they win the trophy.”
Premier League Bans Away Fans for Final two matches of 2020/2021 season
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Premier League Bans Away Fans for Final two matches of 2020/2021 season

  The Premier League has said away fans will not be allowed into stadiums for the final two matches of the 2020/2021 season. Up to 10,000 supporters will be allowed in for round 37 fixtures on May 18 and 19 and for round 38 fixtures on May 23. This is based on the UK government going ahead with the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions on May 17. However, the league has decided to limit this to home spectators. “Following consultation with clubs, it was agreed matches would not be open to away supporters due to varying operational challenges across the league and the need to deliver a consistent approach, while maximizing the opportunity for home-fan attendance,” a league statement read. “The safety and security of supporters is of paramount importance. Club...
Tuchel admits he can’t stop hugging Kante as Chelsea prepare for Real Madrid crunch clash
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Tuchel admits he can’t stop hugging Kante as Chelsea prepare for Real Madrid crunch clash

Thomas Tuchel has spoken about the importance of N'Golo Kante ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. With Mateo Kovacic out injured, Kante has excelled in Chelsea's midfield alongside Jorginho. The 30-year-old has also helped his club in the race for a top four spot in the Premier League, as well as reaching the FA Cup final and latter stages in Europe. Jokingly, Tuchel says that his introverted France international has to accept that he is going to get a lot of hugs for his string of excellent displays.
EPL: Rio Ferdinand Predicts team to win title next Season
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EPL: Rio Ferdinand Predicts team to win title next Season

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has backed Chelsea to win the Premier League title next season. However, he feels the Blues need to sign Sergio Aguero this summer, to help boost their chances. Thomas Tuchel has gotten Chelsea firing again, after replacing Frank Lampard in January. They are now in line to finish in the top four and will play the FA Cup final against Leicester City. Chelsea also plays Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw in Spain. Ferdinand believes they can build on their impressive finish to this season, by winning the league in 2021/2022. “Have you seen Chelsea’s stats? They’re my team to win the league next year,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcasts. ...
Abramovich Identifies Striker for Chelsea as Tuchel Loses Faith in Werner
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Abramovich Identifies Striker for Chelsea as Tuchel Loses Faith in Werner

  Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has approved a transfer move for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, according to Mundo Deportivo. Lukaku has previously played for the Blues, making 15 appearances over a three-year period. He nearly returned later in his career but eventually left Everton for Manchester United. Chelsea is now ready to bring back Lukaku, who scored 61 goals in 92 games for Inter, as they ended Juventus’ dominance. It is believed Abramovich is prepared to go all out to bring the Belgium international back to Stamford Bridge. The report claims Thomas Tuchel has lost faith in Timo Werner and wants to recruit a proven Premier League goalscorer.
Mourinho Confirmed as Roma’s new Manager
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Mourinho Confirmed as Roma’s new Manager

  Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Roma head coach. The 58-year-old has signed a three-year deal and will begin at the start of next season. Roma, on its official Twitter handle, said: “The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season.” Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in April after just 17 months in charge of the Premier League side. He now returns to Serie A for a second spell. Mourinho spent two seasons with Inter Milan before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2010.
No time to breathe – Tuchel explains difference between managing Chelsea, PSG
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No time to breathe – Tuchel explains difference between managing Chelsea, PSG

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has explained the difference between managing the Blues and his former club, Paris Saint-Germain. Tuchel said there is no time to breathe when managing in the Premier League than in the Ligue 1, adding that life in England is proving to be brutal. Recall that Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at Chelsea last January after he was sacked by PSG last December. “To go from Ligue 1 to the Premier League? It’s brutal, honestly. Very brutal,” Tuchel told L’Equipe ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid on Wednesday. “In France, we played the same number of matches, two cups, and there are also 20 teams in the Championship. But the intensity and challenge of the Championship are really very different here. It’s a completely different level....
EPL Introduces new Laws to Put Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Others in Check
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EPL Introduces new Laws to Put Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Others in Check

  The Premier League has introduced new rules and regulations, which will prevent future attempts to join a breakaway Super League. Six top-flight teams, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, announced on April 18 they were joining a new continental competition called the European Super League. However, it all collapsed within 48 hours amid outrage and criticisms. In a bid to prevent another recurrence, the Premier League has now created new laws and a new owners’ charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to committing them to the core principles of the competition. A statement on Monday explained the league is enlisting the support of the Government to bring in “appropriate legislation” and w...
Man Utd won’t Win Title if Solskjaer Keeps Cavani – Roy Keane
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Man Utd won’t Win Title if Solskjaer Keeps Cavani – Roy Keane

  Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, has said the club will not win the Premier League title next season if Edinson Cavani is their first-choice striker. Cavani has impressed during his time at Old Trafford and scored a brace as they beat Roma 6-2 in the Europa League in midweek. The Uruguay striker arrived on a 12-month contract, but there is the option to extend for a further year and many believe the striker has warranted an extension. However, Keane insists Cavani is past his best and United should consider other options in the transfer window ahead of next season. “I kind of hope in one sense they don’t keep him, because then they might look and think we don’t need to go and get another (striker). “He’s 34, if you’re hanging your hat on Cavani next...
FC Zenit win Russian Premier League after decimating Kamano’s Lokomotiv Moscow
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FC Zenit win Russian Premier League after decimating Kamano’s Lokomotiv Moscow

Francois Kamano’s Lokomotiv Moscow have surrendered the 2020-21 Russian Premier League title to FC Zenit St. Petersburg having suffered a 6-1 obliteration. Heading into Sunday’s top of the table clash at the Krestovsky Stadium, the Steam Locomotives needed a win to stay in contention for the domestic diadem. However, they were torn apart by the rampant hosts who had Sardar Azmoun score a hat-trick in the seven-goal thriller.
England Legend Shearer: Okocha Made Difficult Things Look Easy 
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England Legend Shearer: Okocha Made Difficult Things Look Easy 

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

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

  The Premier League has released a statement after Sunday’s fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool was called off. The game was postponed after United supporters invaded the Old Trafford pitch, protesting against the owners, the Glazer family. In a statement, the Premier League has said the “rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course”. “We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches. “Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification,” it read in part. It added that “the rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course.”...
Bale Treble Against Blades Lifts Spurs Fifth
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Bale Treble Against Blades Lifts Spurs Fifth

Gareth Bale scored a brilliant hat-trick as Tottenham shook off their Carabao Cup final misery and kept alive their Champions League hopes with a 4-0 win over relegated Sheffield United. Bale's 36th-minute opener, a fine instinctive flick from close range, was scant reward for Spurs' first-half dominance, but though Heung-Min Son saw an effort after the break (52) ruled out for offside, the Welshman struck twice more legitimately and emphatically soon after. Bale brought up his 50th Premier League goal shortly after the hour mark after being set up by Son on a Spurs breakaway and hit a fierce third without breaking stride (69) before departing to hearty applause, albeit only from the home bench. The Blades, for whom John Fleck escaped punishment after a VAR review after catchi...
‘We will not stop’ – Manchester United fans promise more action on social media amid Glazer protests
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‘We will not stop’ – Manchester United fans promise more action on social media amid Glazer protests

Astonishing scenes at Old Trafford saw the Premier League match with Liverpool postponed on Sunday afternoon Manchester United’s match against Liverpool dominated the Premier League news agenda on Sunday – although not for the reason that such a derby typically does. Prior to the encounter, which was subsequently postponed, hundreds of Man Utd fans protested against the ownership of the Glazers, who tried to push the club into a European Super League against the will of the supporters. Inevitably, this has led to fans from the Old Trafford pitch to the other side of the world taking to social media to voice their opinions on the matter.

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