Tuesday, October 19

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‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy
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‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy

The Manchester City midfielder suffered more international disappointment at the UEFA Nations League finals Kevin De Bruyne claims Belgium cannot be expected to compete with Italy and France despite topping the FIFA world rankings and boasting an enviable array of talent. Another opportunity to land major silverware has passed the Red Devils by, with Roberto Martinez’s side only able to muster a fourth-place finish at the UEFA Nations League finals. They remain the No 1 side on the planet in the official rankings, but De Bruyne claims Belgium lack the depth required to secure tangible success.  
Spain call up 17-year-old Barcelona wonderkid Gavi after just six senior appearances at club level
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Spain call up 17-year-old Barcelona wonderkid Gavi after just six senior appearances at club level

The highly-rated midfielder will make history as the youngest player to represent La Roja if he plays for his country in the Nations League finals Spain coach Luis Enrique has named his squad for the Nations League finals, with Barcelona wonderkid Gavi getting a potentially historic senior call-up at just 17 years of age. He is not the only exciting youngster to get the nod, with 18-year-old Villarreal winger Yeremi Pino also being selected for the first time. La Roja will be hoping that an intriguing blend of youth and experience puts them in the mix for another major honour, with continental silverware up for grabs in early October.  
Bukayo Saka gives condition for Arsenal to win Trophies under Arteta
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Bukayo Saka gives condition for Arsenal to win Trophies under Arteta

Arsenal star, Bukayo Saka, has given one condition for Arsenal to win trophies under their manager, Mikel Arteta, this season. Saka said that Arsenal would win silverware under Arteta this term only if they continue the way they played against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday. The England international believes the Gunners can “achieve anything” this season, adding that they have the quality to do so. Saka was on target on Sunday as Arsenal defeated Tottenham 3-1 in a Premier League London derby at Emirates Stadium. He also set up Emile Smith-Rowe for the opener against Tottenham during the encounter. “We can achieve anything, no matter what age. With age comes experience, but we have a lot of experience in this squad anyway, which helps us,”...
It was right time to return to Man Utd – Ronaldo
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It was right time to return to Man Utd – Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has said it was the right time to move back to Manchester United and hailed it as the “best decision” he has ever made. The Portugal captain netted twice on his second debut for United, as they saw off Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. Ronaldo arrived from Juventus at the end of the transfer window, as the Red Devils swooped in to ensure he did not end up at rivals Manchester City. The 36-year-old feels things turned out for the best and that he hopes to help guide United to silverware. “It’s the best decision I’ve made. It was the right time. “I want to make history, help Manchester to have great results and win trophies,” Ronaldo said in an interview with Telefoot.
Messi makes ‘most difficult’ trophy admission as PSG star finds ‘peace of mind’ with Argentina
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Messi makes ‘most difficult’ trophy admission as PSG star finds ‘peace of mind’ with Argentina

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner, who left Barcelona for Paris this summer, finally got his hands on international silverware at the Copa America Lionel Messi has admitted that landing Copa America glory with Argentina was the "most difficult" triumph of his trophy-laden career, with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar finally finding "peace of mind" at international level. Having previously suffered final heartache at the 2014 World Cup and back-to-back Copas in 2015 and 2016, a six-time Ballon d'Or winner feared that senior glory with his country would never come. He was, however, to inspire his nation to glory on Brazilian soil this summer, as he captained Lionel Scaloni's side to a memorable victory, and the 34-year-old can now relax knowing that he has hit all of his targets in ...
Bruno Fernandes issues warning to opposing teams over Ronaldo
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Bruno Fernandes issues warning to opposing teams over Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes has warned clubs in the Premier League and in Europe that the Red Devils are now ready to go all out over the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. Fernandes said the arrival of his compatriot increases the likelihood of United claiming silverware this season. The Portuguese midfielder was credited with playing a key part in convincing Ronaldo to return to United after 12 years away. Fans are looking forward to Ronaldo’s potential second debut, when United file out against Newcastle at the weekend. Fernandes warned title contenders in Europe and the league that Ronaldo’s legendary winning mentality will help boost the desire of an already hungry United squad. “We know the enthusiasm will be red hot, everyone knows Cristiano is in the h...
Wenger gives verdict on Ronaldo’s return to Man Utd, reveals Solskjaer’s biggest challenge
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Wenger gives verdict on Ronaldo’s return to Man Utd, reveals Solskjaer’s biggest challenge

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has given his verdict on Manchester United’s decision to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. He said the decision to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford was ‘not 100% rational’ and, adding that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face a ‘big challenge’ retaining the balance of his dreaming room. The Portugal international returned to Old Trafford officially on Tuesday and many people feel the club took the decision in their quest for silverware. Although Wenger believes it is a great story to see Ronaldo back in a United shirt, he feels the decision to re-sign him was led by emotion “This is a love story that you want to see,” Wenger told BILD LIVE on Friday. “[He was re-signed] for more than just sporting reasons, it’s also emotional....
Reputation hasn’t been damaged after collapse of Man City transfer – Tottenham star Kane
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Reputation hasn’t been damaged after collapse of Man City transfer – Tottenham star Kane

The striker aimed to force a move through to the Etihad before admitting defeat last week Harry Kane believes that his reputation hasn't been damaged after his failed push to secure a transfer to Manchester City this summer. The Tottenham striker made it clear that he wanted to leave the club in search of trophies after so far failing to bring home silverware in his Spurs career. But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy held firm amid City's efforts, forcing Kane to admit defeat last week and announce he is staying with Spurs.    
This is the strongest Man Utd team I’ve played in’ – Pogba ‘happy’ at Old Trafford as he targets silverware in 2021-22
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This is the strongest Man Utd team I’ve played in’ – Pogba ‘happy’ at Old Trafford as he targets silverware in 2021-22

The French midfielder is optimistic about the Red Devils' chances of a successful campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Paul Pogba has insisted the current Manchester United squad is the "strongest" he's played in and he is "happy" at Old Trafford, while outlining his silverware goals for the 2021-22 season. Speculation over Pogba's future had been raging earlier in the summer transfer window, with the midfielder now less than one year away from reaching the expiration date in his contract. However, the 28-year-old has shown he remains fully committed to United's cause by starting their latest campaign in impressive form, and has his sights firmly set on winning trophies under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.  
Arteta given October deadline to avoid Arsenal sack
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Arteta given October deadline to avoid Arsenal sack

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has been given until October to save his job, according to the UK Telegraph. The Gunners have started the 2021/2022 season miserably losing their first two matches. Arteta’s men lost 2-0 to newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day, before another 2-0 defeat at the Emirates against Chelsea on Sunday. Although Arteta has claimed silverware in successive seasons since his arrival in 2019, with FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs, he is now under pressure. The Spaniard was heckled by furious fans after the Chelsea game, with the supporters asking him to resign. However, the board will remain patient with the 38-year-old until after the international break and give him a chance to turn things around.
Mendy was happy to make way for Kepa in UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout, says Chelsea boss Tuchel
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Mendy was happy to make way for Kepa in UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout, says Chelsea boss Tuchel

The manager's decision to change goalkeepers for spot kicks paid off as the Blues won an early-season trophy Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said Edouard Mendy was happy to stand down in favour of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who came off the bench to help Chelsea win the UEFA Super Cup in a penalty shootout victory over Villarreal. With Wednesday's match tied 1-1 in the 119th minute, Kepa was subbed on to play in goal during the shootout. Tuchel's decision proved to be a wise one, as the Spanish goalkeeper saved two penalties – including the decisive stop from Raul Albiol – to help Chelsea bring home early-season silverware.
Messi insists on ‘Argentina clause’ in PSG contract
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Messi insists on ‘Argentina clause’ in PSG contract

Lionel Messi insisted on a clause in his Paris Saint-Germain contract, which will allow him to miss Ligue 1 games for Argentina matches, according to TyC Sports. The 34-year-old on Tuesday, finalized a free transfer from Barcelona to the Ligue 1 club. Messi has put pen to paper on a two-year deal which includes a telling detail. He can leave for Argentina qualifiers or friendlies, even when they overlap with league fixtures in France. Messi won the Copa America title this summer, finally lifting the international silverware to match Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro 2016 glory. However, the World Cup is the only one trophy missing from his cabinet. Qatar 2022 is likely to be Messi’s final World Cup with his country, which is why he wants to be present for each meet-up on the r...
Community Shield: Three big African questions
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Community Shield: Three big African questions

English football's traditional curtain-raiser holds some intrigue for some of the continent's big stars at Leicester City and Manchester City By virtue of their upset victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup Final, Leicester City will have the honour of opening the incoming Premier League season. The Community Shield is a weird little quirk of the traditional fixture calendar. No one is quite sure how seriously to take it: typically, for the bigger side, it is viewed before the fact as merely an extension of the preseason schedule, while for the weaker it is a legitimate chance at silverware. Of course, based on the result, those outlooks can (and often do) switch around.
Solskjaer: Fernandes is ‘catalyst’ for ‘next step’ in Manchester United trophy bid
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Solskjaer: Fernandes is ‘catalyst’ for ‘next step’ in Manchester United trophy bid

The Red Devils boss says the Portuguese playmaker has helped to nudge his side closer to long-awaited major silverware Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes has been the "catalyst" for Manchester United as they look to take the "next step" and bring a long wait for major silverware to a close. The Red Devils were treading water when the Portuguese playmaker was snapped up from Sporting CP during the winter transfer window of 2020. He has quickly become a talisman at Old Trafford with 40 goals in 80 appearances, and the 26-year-old has made no secret that he wants to bring a five-year trophy drought for Solskjaer's side to an end as quickly as possible
Mbappe Finally chooses next club
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Mbappe Finally chooses next club

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has finally chosen Real Madrid as his next club. According to Marca, Mbappe is ‘set to reject’ a new contract with PSG in order to join Real Madrid next summer. The France international has ‘already made up his mind to move to Santiago Bernabeu once his contract with PSG expires. The report added that the reasons behind Mbappe’s decision had to do with his desire to lift different silverware elsewhere. Mbappe’s current deal with PSG will expire in June 2022. He has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid and Liverpool in the past. New PSG signing, Sergio Ramos, recently urged Mbappe to join Real Madrid in the future.
Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or
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Messi Named Favourite to win Ballon d’Or

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or award this year. Messi has already won the prize six times in the past – the most by any player in history. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old led Argentina to Copa America triumph in Brazil. With that victory, Messi has finally added an international title, which was the only silverware missing from his stunning CV. Koeman believes his captain deserves recognition for his individual brilliance for both club and country over the past 12 months. “He has shown time and again he is the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has done it at last. “Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and, for me, he is the fa...
‘I’ve never seen Messi so happy’ – Paredes takes pride in helping Argentina icon break trophy duck
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‘I’ve never seen Messi so happy’ – Paredes takes pride in helping Argentina icon break trophy duck

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder helped his country to continental glory at the Copa America, with major silverware finally secured Leandro Paredes admits he has "never seen Lionel Messi so happy" after helping an Argentina icon to break his international trophy duck at this summer's Copa America. A six-time Ballon d'Or winner has finally got his hands on major silverware at senior level with his country, with an all-time great adding to the enviable collection of honours he has secured with Barcelona. The relief as Messi hoisted a continental crown aloft was clear for all to see, with the 34-year-old now expected to commit his club future to Barcelona after reaching the end of his contract at Camp Nou.
Copa America final: What Messi did to Neymar after Argentina won trophy
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Copa America final: What Messi did to Neymar after Argentina won trophy

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, and Brazil forward, Neymar, were involved in an emotional embrace after the Copa America final on Sunday. A first-half Angel Di Maria goal, clinched a 1-0 win at the Maracana Stadium. It was enough to see La Albiceleste win their first piece of silverware since 1993 and Messi claim his first trophy for his country. There were scenes of ecstasy after full time, as the whole Argentina team ran to Messi to celebrate the feat. But on the other side, Neymar was left in tears, as he once again failed to inspire his Brazil team to glory. Messi and Neymar played together at Barcelona for four seasons, and are believed to still have a close relationship. And before the trophy was presented, the two players hugged for around 30 seconds...
Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America
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Messi reacts as Argentina beat Brazil to win Copa America

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has paid tribute to God as they defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final to win the Copa America on Sunday morning. Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the first half as Argentina defeated Brazil at the Maracana Stadium. The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who was promoted to the starting line-up for the final match, coolly lobbed over Brazil goalkeeper Ederson for the 22nd-minute winner. The triumph also marks Messi’s maiden piece of major silverware with Argentina, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner dominant throughout the tournament. Messi also finished Copa America 2021 with the most goals (four) and most assists (five). Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account, described the Copa America victory as a ‘beautiful ...
Vidic tells Man Utd captain Maguire he has to win trophies to reach the top level & scores him 8/10
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Vidic tells Man Utd captain Maguire he has to win trophies to reach the top level & scores him 8/10

The defender has been a key player for the Red Devils since his arrival from Leicester but has been warned he must help them win major silverware Former Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic says captain Harry Maguire must win trophies if he is to be considered a top defender. Maguire joined United from Leicester in 2019 and has been a mainstay in the first-team ever since. The 28-year-old captained the Red Devils to second place in the Premier League and the Europa League final last season, but former Serbia star Vidic says he will have to do even better.
Has Kane moved already?’ – Son snaps back at talk of Tottenham exit for star striker
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Has Kane moved already?’ – Son snaps back at talk of Tottenham exit for star striker

Speculation continues to rage regarding a big-money move for Spurs' prolific frontman, but a club colleague will not be drawn on gossip Heung-min Son has snapped back at the speculation suggesting that Harry Kane is destined to secure a big-money transfer away from Tottenham this summer. The prolific frontman is said to be pushing for a switch away from Spurs as he looks to land the major silverware that has proved elusive during a goal-laden stint in north London. Leading clubs across Europe are reported to be piecing together enticing offers, but no formal bids have been made as yet and Son is reluctant to be drawn on rumours that lack substance.  
Tuchel Makes Promise to Abramovich Ahead of next Season
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Tuchel Makes Promise to Abramovich Ahead of next Season

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has promised owner Roman Abramovich that will “stay hungry”, after winning the club’s second ever Champions League title. In doing so, Tuchel earned himself an automatic contract extension. Abramovich has seen his decision to sack club legend Frank Lampard in January justified within the first six months. But Tuchel is ready to deliver more silverware at Stamford Bridge. He told the Blues’ official website in his message for Abramovich: “I can assure him that I will stay hungry. “I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy, I feel part of a really ambitious club and a strong part of a strong group that suits my beliefs and suits my passion about football at the moment perfectly. “So my desire is to go for more victories....
Man Utd vs Villarreal: Solskjaer Names Squad for Europa League Final [Full List]
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Man Utd vs Villarreal: Solskjaer Names Squad for Europa League Final [Full List]

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named a 26-man squad for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Villarreal. The Red Devils finished off their domestic season with a 2-1 win over Wolves and Solskjaer made 10 changes for that game. However, he is set to call on his big-name players from the start, as he seeks his first piece of silverware as manager of United. Captain Harry Maguire is likely to miss out, leaving Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly to compete for a centre-back place alongside Victor Lindelof. Anthony Martial has not won his battle to be fit for the match. Amad, Anthony Elanga and Shola Shoretire all featured against Wolves and made the trip to Poland. Full Man Utd travelling squad: De Gea, Henderson, Grant, Bishop; Bailly, Lindelof, Ma...
Mauricio Pochettino is ‘considering leaving PSG to return to Tottenham and could convince Harry Kane to snub summer transfer’
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Mauricio Pochettino is ‘considering leaving PSG to return to Tottenham and could convince Harry Kane to snub summer transfer’

PSG boss, Mauricio Pochettino could make a stunning return to Tottenham, according to a new report. The Argentine was sacked by Spurs in November 2019 after the team's dramatic decline following their Champions League final defeat by Liverpool, with chairman Daniel Levy forced to swing the axe after a string of miserable results. Jose Mourinho replaced him but failed to deliver on the promise of silverware as players and fans quickly grew tired of his negative approach - with Spurs slipping away from the top four and failing to qualify for European football. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is considering trying to persuade their ex-boss to leave Paris Saint-Germain and he has revealed to his close associates that sacking Pochettino is the greatest mistake he's made in his career. ...
Iheanacho and Ndidi win their first FA Cup with Leicester City after 1 – 0 victory against Chelsea (Photos)
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Iheanacho and Ndidi win their first FA Cup with Leicester City after 1 – 0 victory against Chelsea (Photos)

Nigerian superstars, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi have claimed their first silverware with Leicester City after the Foxes defeated Chelsea 1 - 0 to win their first ever FA Cup. Belgian midfielder, Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt strike in the 63rd minutes sealed the win for Leicester City at Wembley on Saturday night, May 15. Former Leicester full-back, Ben Chilwell saw a last-gasp effort for Chelsea ruled out for offside after a video assistant referee review. After the match, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, presented the trophy to Leicester captain Kasper Schmeichel following their win. Iheanacho and Ndidi are the latest Nigerian footballers to win the FA CUP after John Mikel Obi, Kanu Nwankwo, Victor Moses, John Utaka, Daniel Amokachi, and Celestine Ba...
FA Cup Final: Chelsea Could End up Without Trophy – Paul Merson
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FA Cup Final: Chelsea Could End up Without Trophy – Paul Merson

  Paul Merson has warned that Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side may end up without a silverware this season ahead of their FA Cup final clash against Leicester City. Merson said that Tuchel’s tinkering has handed Leicester City a huge advantage ahead of the Wembley showdown on Saturday. With one eye on the FA Cup final, Tuchel made seven changes to his team for the midweek Premier League clash with Arsenal. Chelsea lost the game and the German tactician admitted later that he had made a mistake in making so many changes to his regular starting XI. Going into the FA Cup final on Saturday, Merson warned that the Londoners could struggle to rediscover their rhythm on the big stage. “Chelsea go into the FA Cup final with everything up in the air again after what hap...
Ex-Ronaldo’s Club Sporting Lisbon Clinch First Portuguese Title
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Ex-Ronaldo’s Club Sporting Lisbon Clinch First Portuguese Title

Sporting Lisbon were crowned champions of Portugal for the first in almost two decades on Tuesday. A 1-0 win over Boavista at their Jose Alvalade Stadium clinched Sporting’s 19th title with the last coming back in 2002. Paulinho’s 36th minute goal put ‘the Lions’ out of reach of outgoing champions Porto at a game played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Lisbon side’s celebrations were delayed 24 hours after Porto kept their chances alive, at least for 24 hours, with a 5-1 rout of lowly Farense on Monday. They took the title in style, with an eight point cushion over the ‘Dragons’ from the north of the country, and boasting an unbeaten record. Despite calls by local authorities to respect social distancing restrictions thousands of fans had begun to...
‘I’ve Had a Decent Career,  but I Want More Trophies’ –  Super Eagles and Everton star, Alex Iwobi
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‘I’ve Had a Decent Career, but I Want More Trophies’ – Super Eagles and Everton star, Alex Iwobi

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

Interim manager Ryan Mason hopes Tottenham Hotspur’s talismanic striker Harry Kane will have recovered in time from an ankle injury to face Manchester City in Sunday’s League Cup final. Kane missed Spurs’ come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Southampton on Wednesday after picking up an injury in last week’s 2-2 draw with Everton — Jose Mourinho’s last game before his dismissal. Mason, at 29 the youngest ever Premier League manager, has been put in charge until the end of the season and stands one win away from being the unlikeliest of men to end Tottenham’s trophy drought. Juande Ramos was the last Spurs manager to deliver silverware in the 2008 League Cup. Mason’s chances of emulating the Spaniard would improve considerably if Kane is fit to lead the line. “With Harry, it ...
Alan Shearer Names Manchester United Player to Blame for 3-1 defeat to Leicester
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Alan Shearer Names Manchester United Player to Blame for 3-1 defeat to Leicester

  Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer, has blamed Anthony Martial for Manchester United’s FA Cup exit to Leicester City on Sunday. The former England striker said he found watching the French World Cup winner ‘frustrating’, adding that the forward lacks the ‘hunger’ to be a No. 9. Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho (2) and Youri Tielemans helped Leicester beat United 3-1, sent them out of the FA Cup and ended their hopes of domestic silverware this season. A consolation goal from Greenwood could not stop Leicester from booking their place in the semi-finals where they will now face Southampton. Shearer felt Martial was not offering enough in the striker role, insisting that, “He was very isolated but then sometimes you need help off your team-mates but you can also help...
Man Utd vs AC Milan: Bruno Fernandes ‘refusing’ to sign new Man Utd contract
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Man Utd vs AC Milan: Bruno Fernandes ‘refusing’ to sign new Man Utd contract

Bruno Fernandes is refusing to put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Manchester United, unless he is given assurances about future transfer plans, the UK Sun reports. Fernandes has become one of United’s most important players since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2019. The Portugal international has scored 35 goals and provided 21 assists in 63 appearances in all competitions. Fernandes, 26, signed a five-and-a-half year deal worth £100,000-a-week when he joined United and he has been offered a new five-year contract which would see his wages increase to £200,000-a-week. However, it is believed that Fernandes wants to know how the club plans to continue making progress before he commits. United will continue their hunt for silverware this Thursday, whe...
Man City vs Man Utd: Woodward rates progress team has made under Solskjaer
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Man City vs Man Utd: Woodward rates progress team has made under Solskjaer

  Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has said the progress the team has made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “is clear.” United are 14 points behind leaders Manchester City, who they face this Sunday in the Premier League. However, there is still hope for silveware this term in the FA Cup and Europa League. Speaking as the club released their latest financial results on Thursday, Woodward gave further backing to Solskjaer. “The progress made by Ole and the players this season is clear,” he said. “While we are pleased about this season’s on-pitch progress and the strength of our current squad, we are equally bullish on our long-term prospects.”
Neil Lennon Quits as Celtic Manager after Defeat to Ross County Left the club 18 Points Behind Stevie Gerrard’s Ranger
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Neil Lennon Quits as Celtic Manager after Defeat to Ross County Left the club 18 Points Behind Stevie Gerrard’s Ranger

Neil Lennon has resigned as manager of Celtic with the club 18 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders, Rangers. Lennon, who returned to manage Celtic for a second time after Brendan Rodgers moved to Leicester in February 2019, has been under pressure all season before he finally resigned. He apologised for "letting fans down again" after the 1-0 defeat by Ross County on Sunday, left them 18 points behind league's leaders' Ranger In a statement on Wednesday February 24, Lennon said: "We have experienced a difficult season due to so many factors and, of course, it is very frustrating and disappointing that we have not been able to hit the same heights as we did previously. "I have worked as hard as ever to try and turn things around, but unfortunately we have not managed to...
Mourinho now Leads Premier League Sack Race after 2-1 Defeat to West Ham
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Mourinho now Leads Premier League Sack Race after 2-1 Defeat to West Ham

  Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, is now leading the Premier League sack race following their dramatic slump in form, according to SportsMail. Spurs have lost five of their last six league fixtures. The North Londoners have also been dumped out of the FA Cup by Everton. Mourinho’s lost 2-1 to West Ham on Sunday and that defeat has seen the Portuguese’s odds cut from 7/2 to 23/10 with both Betfair and Paddy Power. A title challenge looked a possibility before Christmas but Spurs’ torrid run has seen them slump to ninth place, with even European qualification far from guaranteed. They, however, have a chance at winning silverware, as they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on April 25. This week, the Spurs will take a healthy 4-1 lead into t...
West Ham vs Tottenham: Levy to Decide Whether to Sack Mourinho in Summer
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West Ham vs Tottenham: Levy to Decide Whether to Sack Mourinho in Summer

  Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, will wait until this season ends, before deciding on Jose Mourinho’s future as manager of the club, ESPN reports. Mourinho is under increasing pressure at the North London side after they slumped to ninth place in the Premier League. The Spurs have lost four times in their last five games. It is believed it would cost Levy around £30 million to sack Mourinho since he has a contract without a break clause until the summer of 2023. But it is not just the financial situation that is delaying a decision over the 58-year-old. Tottenham faces Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final in April and Mourinho can continue to fend off criticism, by insisting Spurs have a chance of winning silverware for the first time since 2008.
Jose Mourinho Advises Harry Kane on How to Win First Trophy of his Career
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Jose Mourinho Advises Harry Kane on How to Win First Trophy of his Career

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Harry Kane just needs to win one more match, to land the first trophy of his career. Kane has recorded double-digit goal tallies in seven straight seasons for Spurs, but has failed to win any silverware. It has led to speculation that the England captain is getting fed up with the drought and could consider leaving. When asked about the situation, Mourinho said beating Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on April 25, would change the narrative. “To win a trophy, [Kane] just needs to win one game,” Mourinho told reporters. “I know that it is against probably the team that is going to win the Premier League this year, so I think it is a very difficult final that we will have to play. “But to win a trophy, we just n...
Bad loser Fernandes won’t accept defeat at Man Utd until trophies are handed out
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Bad loser Fernandes won’t accept defeat at Man Utd until trophies are handed out

The Portuguese playmaker is determined to get his hands on major silverware at Old Trafford and has refuted any burnout concerns Bruno Fernandes admits to being a bad loser and will not give up on landing major honours at Manchester United until every trophy has been handed out. The Red Devils remain in the hunt for three pieces of silverware this season, with avenues to success still open in Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League competition. Those at Old Trafford are approaching the four-year mark since they last took in a celebration party, with Jose Mourinho delivering three honours in his debut campaign at Old Trafford.  
‘I am a young player’ – Chawinga dreams big after Chinese success with Wuhan
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‘I am a young player’ – Chawinga dreams big after Chinese success with Wuhan

The Malawian has revealed her dreams with the Chinese club in the Asian continent, after celebrating her first career silverware Temwa Chawinga says she is eager to record more successes with her Chinese Women's Super League side Wuhan. The Malawi international ended as Wuhan's top scorer and the league's runners-up as she scored nine goals in 13 matches to help her side to a first-ever domestic title after a 19-year wait. To clinch the coveted crown, Wuhan thrashed holders Jiangsu Suning 4-0 in the 2020 final, with Temwa scoring the opener to bury the dreams of her sister Tabitha and Jiangsu's back-to-back title ambitions.
‘Kane could leave in 2021 but Bale will excite him’ – Sheringham assesses transfer talk at Spurs
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‘Kane could leave in 2021 but Bale will excite him’ – Sheringham assesses transfer talk at Spurs

The former Tottenham striker believes a prolific England international will spend one more season in north London before weighing up his options Harry Kane could push for a move away from Tottenham in 2021 if the club fails to match his ambition, admits Teddy Sheringham, but the arrival of Gareth Bale is expected to prevent his head from turning for now. Big-money moves to various leading sides across Europe have been mooted for the England captain. Having proved himself to be one of the most prolific frontmen on the planet, interest in Kane is to be expected, especially as Spurs have failed to deliver him much-coveted silverware.
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.
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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo. Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier has issued a remarkable claim that the most coveted title in African football has mysteriously disappeared. The Egyptian national team achieved unprecedented success between 2006 and 2010 when they lifted the AFCON title three times, thus affording the opportunity to claim the floating trophy permanently. However, the silverware that was achieved under the guidance of legendary coach Hassan Shehata has seemingly been stolen a decade on. "The EFA started looking for some trophies as they aim to put them in a notable museum inside the EFA," Shobier said. "However, the EFA was surprised to find that the...
Shanghai Shenhua soften Ighalo stance
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Shanghai Shenhua soften Ighalo stance

Shanghai Shenhua have softened their stance over Odion Ighalo's situation at Manchester United. ESPN says United's hopes of signing Ighalo, or at least extending his stay at Old Trafford, have been boosted after Shanghai Shenhua changed their transfer stance. The Chinese Super League outfit are ready to discuss a loan extension - having initially insisted on a permanent £20m switch. That will be music to the ears of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has publicly expressed his wish to keep the 30-year-old at Old Trafford to at least see out the season and win some silverware. A new contract from Shenhua is also on the table for Ighalo to sign.
Winning trophies is in Real Madrid’s DNA’ – Zidane warns Barcelona of strong La Liga title challenge
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Winning trophies is in Real Madrid’s DNA’ – Zidane warns Barcelona of strong La Liga title challenge

After leading the team's return to training, Zinedine Zidane hopes to make a fight of this season's La Liga title race Zinedine Zidane is determined to finish the season with silverware after Real Madrid returned to group training this week. The Madrid head coach has led sessions at Valdebebas this week, with players able to resume group workouts in small numbers. It is hoped the 2019-20 La Liga season, which was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be able to get back underway next month, with president Javier Tebas aiming for a June 12 return.
Tottenham are ‘nowhere near’ as good as they were three years ago – Redknapp
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Tottenham are ‘nowhere near’ as good as they were three years ago – Redknapp

The ex-Spurs boss thinks the club have been caught in a downward spiral after failing to pick up any silverware under Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham are "nowhere near" as good as they were three years ago, according to Harry Redknapp, who believes too many top-quality players have left the club over the last couple of seasons. Mauricio Pochettino transformed Spurs into top four regulars and major trophy contenders during his five-year spell in north London, establishing himself as one of the best head coaches in Europe in the process. At one stage, the Lilywhites were seen as dark horses for the Premier League title, with a second-place finish in 2016-17 marking their best showing in the top-flight for over 50 years.
I will be surprised if he doesn’t win a trophy’ – Poyet backs Mourinho to justify Pochettino dismissal
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I will be surprised if he doesn’t win a trophy’ – Poyet backs Mourinho to justify Pochettino dismissal

The Uruguayan is confident the manager will bring success to Tottenham, who made the bold decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino this season Jose Mourinho will bring silverware to Tottenham and justify the club's decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino, according to Gustavo Poyet. The Portuguese manager took the helm at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November after Spurs sprung a surprise by ending Pochettino's five-year reign with the club. While Pochettino transformed the club into top-four regulars and reached the 2019 Champions League final, he failed to win a trophy during his time in London. Poyet, who finished his playing career with Tottenham, conceded it was a debatable call to get rid of Pochettino but is confident Mourinho – one of the most decorated managers in the s...
One of the greatest nights of my life’ – Klopp reveals favourite memory from Liverpool’s Champions League win
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One of the greatest nights of my life’ – Klopp reveals favourite memory from Liverpool’s Champions League win

The Reds boss admits neither side were at their best in the decider but singled out the moment he knew his side had clinched the trophy As the one-year anniversary of Liverpool's Champions League final win over Tottenham edges closer, Jurgen Klopp has revealed the one memory from the night that stands out above the rest. The German manager had yet to win a single piece of silverware with the Reds before that point but finally broke the drought as he guided his side to a 2-0 win. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi clinched the victory, and it was the second goal that Klopp remembers most fondly.
Man City star Sterling: Messi’s shirt the one I really want
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Man City star Sterling: Messi’s shirt the one I really want

The forward keeps a large collection of opponents' shirts hidden away, but plans to look at them with fondness when his career ends Raheem Sterling admits he wants to get his hands on one of Lionel Messi's shirts, even if he might not rush to put it on his wall. Manchester City forward Sterling is building up a collection after swapping his jersey with star opponents following big games, but he keeps them locked away. The 25-year-old says he is waiting until the end of his career before bringing together his silverware and framing his shirt collection. Sterling intends to make sure "a couple" of City team-mate David Silva's shirts adorn the walls of his house in Jamaica. "I am a shirt collector but I don't put any shirts on my wall as of yet," Sterling told BBC Radio 5 Live....
African Games: Nigeria want to be remembered for winning – Makunjuola
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African Games: Nigeria want to be remembered for winning – Makunjuola

The Flying Eagles forward is confident his side will help the West African nation reclaim the continental silverware Nigeria U20 forward Success Makanjuola has backed his side to win the African Games for the first time in 46 years on Friday. Paul Aigbogun's men will battle Burkina Faso, who they held them to a 1-1 draw in the group stage, in 2019 final in Rabat. The West African nation last tasted glory at the quadrennial event in 1973 in Lagos, where they defeated Guinea 2-0 in the final.
Federation Cup: Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib wanted trophy in first season
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Federation Cup: Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib wanted trophy in first season

The Ivorian midfielder tells Goal he is devastated about the missed opportunity to land his first title with the Ikon Allah boys Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib was pained by the missed chance to win silverware in his first season in Nigeria after his side lost in the Federation Cup final. Dosso joined Tornadoes midway into the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, and even though his arrival could not save the Ikon Allah Boys from relegation, he did well enough to help them to a 2019 Federation Cup final berth. Unfortunately, Tornadoes lost 4-3 on penalties to Kano Pillars on Sunday, the second time in three years they have finished as runners-up in the competition.
Manchester United’s transfer policy ‘difficult’ to follow, says Moyes
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Manchester United’s transfer policy ‘difficult’ to follow, says Moyes

The former Red Devils boss believes the club have prioritised marketing ability over skill when it comes to picking new signings Former Manchester United manager David Moyes believes the club have fallen out of competition for silverware because of their ambiguous transfer strategy. The Red Devils have won just three trophies - the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup - since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013. Despite their big spending, United have finished outside the Premier League's top two in five of the last six years.
Klopp: ‘No doubt’ that Liverpool are winners ahead of fresh Premier League title race
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Klopp: ‘No doubt’ that Liverpool are winners ahead of fresh Premier League title race

The Reds boss insists that his belief never wavered on the back of final defeats, but is delighted to have delivered major silverware at Anfield Jurgen Klopp insists his belief in Liverpool’s ability to land major honours never wavered, but he is pleased to have ensured that there is now “no doubt” that the Reds are winners. Prior to the 2018-19 campaign, Kenny Dalglish was the last man to deliver trophy glory at Anfield. A League Cup success back in 2012 remained the last entry on the Reds’ roll of honour prior to their Champions League triumph over Tottenham.

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