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Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague
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Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague

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

  Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website on Thursday following the conclusion of the week’s quarter-final first-leg games on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are César Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Chelsea players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos. Recall that Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Mount and Chilwell. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s last-8 matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Marquinhos (PSG) Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Midfielders: ...
Update: Nigerian Man Finds his Mum Hours after his Story was Shared on LIB
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Update: Nigerian Man Finds his Mum Hours after his Story was Shared on LIB

On Tuesday, April 6, LIB shared a story of a Nigerian man, Tolu Babatunde, who was in search of his mum. This afternoon, he reached out to LIB that he has found his mum. According to Babatunde, back in 1988 when he met her for the second time, she came with her sister and her niece. The same niece saw the post on LIB and reached out to him, making the connection with his mum possible. ''When she came in 1998, she came with her sister and her niece. It was her niece that recognised her picture when it was shared online, and she got in touch with me on my mobile number. Her niece then passed her number to me and we are in touch. I am overjoyed and grateful to God for this reunion. My hearty thanks to LIB & the entire team as well as all who prayed and supported.'' Babatunde mail...
Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund
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Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund

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

  Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso, has opened up on fellow teammates, Antonio Rudiger’s fight with Kepa Arrizabalaga. Rudiger and Kepa were involved in an altercation at Chelsea’s training ground after their Premier League 5-2 shock defeat to West Brom over the weekend. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, had sent Rudiger away from training on Easter Day after a fight with Kepa. Tuchel dismissed Rudiger to calm him down after pushing and shoving with Kepa. However, reacting to the development ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Porto, Alonso played down the training ground bust-up between Rudiger and Kepa by saying it was “good for the team”. “These are things that happen,” Alonso told INSPORTS. “This shows the level of competition there is in the team, t...
Rio Ferdinand Changes Top Four Prediction after Arsenal vs Liverpool Game
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Rio Ferdinand Changes Top Four Prediction after Arsenal vs Liverpool Game

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has said he feels Liverpool are back on track to claim a top four spot, following their 3-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday. Diogo Jota climbed off the bench to score twice, while Mohammed Salah also got on the scoresheet, as the defending champions clinched an important victory. The result leaves Liverpool just two points off fourth spot. With Chelsea’s shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom and Tottenham drawing 2-2 at Newcastle, Ferdinand believes the final Champions League spot is Liverpool’s for the taking. “I think Liverpool are going to get in there now. The result they got at the weekend, the performance and the confidence that will give that team. “Liverpool with how they’ve been in the last two seasons they have t...
Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino
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Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino

  Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo, has identified two areas his team must improve after their 2-2 derby draw against Torino in the Serie A on Saturday. Pirlo, who was not happy his team did not win against Torino, said Juventus must improve on occupying the space better and finding more options between the lines against their opponent. Goals from Federico Chiesa, Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Antonio Sanabria gave both teams a point each at the Stadio Olimpico Grande. The result against Torino means Juventus are now in the 4th position on the Serie A table with 56 points from 28 matches. “Obviously, I am not happy when we don’t win, and we are dropping lots of points,” Pirlo told a post-match press conference after the game. “We have to work hard on occupying th...
De Bruyne Takes Swipe at Leicester after Manchester City’s 2-0 Victory at King Power
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De Bruyne Takes Swipe at Leicester after Manchester City’s 2-0 Victory at King Power

  Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has taken a veiled swipe at Leicester City following his side’s Premier League 2-0 victory against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. De Bruyne said Man City’s match against Brendan Rodgers’ really defensive Leicester side was basically a “one team playing” game. According to the Belgium international, Leicester only had one chance that was offside during the encounter. Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Leicester, thanks to goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus in the second half of the encounter. “I thought it was really good today, especially the first half, which we totally dominated,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “They had the one chance that was offside with [Jamie] Vardy but basically, it was ...
Torino vs Juventus: Pirlo Criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo, Others after Failing to Win Serie A match
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Torino vs Juventus: Pirlo Criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo, Others after Failing to Win Serie A match

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

Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has predicted that any team that makes fewer mistakes between Zinedine Zidane’s side and Liverpool will win on April 6. Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the Champions League last-8 first leg tie on Tuesday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The LaLiga champions knocked Atalanta out from Champions League last-16 last month, while Liverpool eliminated RB Leipzig from the competition. “It will be a very beautiful match [Real Madrid vs Liverpool], and it will be decided on details,” Casemiro told TVE. “Whoever makes fewer mistakes will win. Liverpool have great players, and this match could be a Champions League final. “These are very nice games that all the players want to play. We have to give everything in all the games, not only ...
Mohamed Salah Says No Team Suffers More Without Fans Than Liverpool
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Mohamed Salah Says No Team Suffers More Without Fans Than Liverpool

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah says his side will miss the lack of supporters more than Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final tie, adding he no longer bears a grudge against Sergio Ramos for injuring him in the 2018 final. Liverpool and Real have both experienced poor home results since coronavirus restrictions prevented fans from attending matches. But the Reds' decline has been the most remarkable, losing their last six games at Anfield in their worst ever run of home results. "We lose so much without our fans, I think we are the team that suffers the most without its supporters," Salah told Spanish newspaper Marca ahead of his side's first leg at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium on April 6. Salah will have bad memories of his last meeting with Real Madrid at ...
World Cup Qualification: I Almost had Heart Attack – Enrique on Spain’s 2-1 Win Over Georgia
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World Cup Qualification: I Almost had Heart Attack – Enrique on Spain’s 2-1 Win Over Georgia

  Spain coach, Luis Enrique, has said that he was “on the verge of a heart attack” after his team needed a last-minute winner to beat Georgia in their World Cup qualification on Sunday. Spain played out a draw with Greece in their opening qualification game against Greece on Thursday and looked set for another frustrating evening in Tbilisi as the game entered stoppage-time with the scores level at 1-1. However, midfielder, Dani Olmo came to their rescue with a shot from distance to give the former World Cup winners a 2-1 win Enrique told TVE after the game, “I was on the verge of a heart attack. We have been losing confidence and you could see that in the first half. “We conceded from a slight defensive error and knew it would be complicated from that point on. Our...
Serbia vs Portugal: Referee Makkelie has Apologized for Disallowing Ronaldo’s Goal – Coach Santos
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Serbia vs Portugal: Referee Makkelie has Apologized for Disallowing Ronaldo’s Goal – Coach Santos

  Portugal manager, Fernando Santos has said that referee Danny Makkelie has apologised to his team after disallowing Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal in their 2-2 draw against Serbia on Saturday. Ronaldo thought he had won the match for Portugal in added time of the World Cup qualification match but his cool finish was denied. Serbia came back in the second to cancel out Portugal’s 2-0 lead but captain Ronaldo drew home what looked to be a dramatic later winner. However, the Dutch referee and his assistants judged that Serbia defender, Stefan Mitrovic cleared the ball, even though replays showed that the ball clearly crossed the line. But Santos told reporters that, “The referee afterwards saw what had happened and came to me to apologise for the mistake.” Speaking...
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to Know, Kick-off time, TV Schedule
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to Know, Kick-off time, TV Schedule

  Nigeria could seal their place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations today, when they take on Benin Republic in Porto Novo. Gernot Rohr’s men are top of Group L with 8 points, one more than the Squirrels in second place. In the reverse fixture, the Super Eagles won 2-1, thanks to goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu. Unbeaten in their last three games, Michel Dussuyer’s team would fancy their chances against Nigeria, as they themselves are on a quest to qualify for the fifth time. The game is scheduled to kick off 5pm West African time. According to Goal, the match will be beamed live on AIT and NTA. The Eagles will then host Lesotho in four days at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far
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AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far

  After Thursday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, half of the teams that will play at the tournament have been confirmed. Comoros, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana and Egypt have joined Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and hosts Cameroon in January’s tournament. Gambia qualified for their first-ever AFCON after a 1-0 win over Angola. Assan Ceesay netted the winning goal after an hour, ensuring The Gambia clinched one of the two tickets from Group D. The other slot was secured by Gabon who beat DR Congo 3-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Denis Bouanga, and Aaron Boupendza scored the goals for the Panthers. Egypt’s 1-1 draw with Kenya, was enough to get the point they needed in Group G to qualify, while Ghana drew 1-1 in South Africa to make it throu...
Benin vs Nigeria: Ighalo Gatecrashes into Super Eagles Camp Ahead of AFCON Qualifier
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Benin vs Nigeria: Ighalo Gatecrashes into Super Eagles Camp Ahead of AFCON Qualifier

  Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, paid the team a surprise visit on Thursday. Ighalo met with Gernot Rohr’s men at their Lagos camp, where they are preparing for Saturday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin Republic. The 31-year-old announced his retirement from international football in 2019, after emerging top scorer at the AFCON that year. Although Rohr has stated several times he will welcome Ighalo back to the fold, his appearance at the Eko Hotel camp has nothing to do with a return to the Nigerian national team. The Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia frontman ate lunch with the team and left shortly before their evening training session. His replacement in the Super Eagles, Victor Osimhen, will be tasked with scoring the goals that will ...
Mason Mount Opens up on his Reaction after Tuchel Dropped him Against Wolves
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Mason Mount Opens up on his Reaction after Tuchel Dropped him Against Wolves

  Chelsea manager, Mason Mount, has credited new manager Thomas Tuchel for lighting a fire inside him. Tuchel put himself in the spotlight after replacing Frank Lampard in January, when he left Mount on the bench for his first match against Wolves. But the 22-year-old feels it has been one of the best things to happen. “I’ve had that experience before. “I was on loan at Vitesse Arnhem when I was 18, 19. That first couple of months I didn’t play hardly at all. “I had that motivation and that fire to want to get into the team. The first game with the manager coming in, he went for a more experienced team. “I understood that and wanted to get back into the team, so that motivation and that fire that I have inside me came out. “I really tried to push to get bac...
I Lied About Earning £6.5m Against Nasukawa – Floyd Mayweather
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I Lied About Earning £6.5m Against Nasukawa – Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has admitted he earned more than the previously reported £6.5million from his win over Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018. The exhibition fight was over before the end of Round 1, as the unbeaten professional boxer knocked down the then 20-year-old Nasukawa three times, before his team threw in the towel. Mayweather is due to face YouTuber Logan Paul later this year, despite his obvious lack of experience. In a chat with Rob Moore, the 44-year-old gave some insight into the purse. He said: “When I did an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. I think 40,000 people showed up for three rounds. “You know, I told the people that I made $9 million and I admitted. “But I think actually I made more money than that. I just tell people what I wanted to tell them...
EPL Clubs to Pay £5,000 Fine for Shirt Swap
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EPL Clubs to Pay £5,000 Fine for Shirt Swap

  Premier League clubs will be fined £5,000 every time their player swaps shirts after a game. SportsMail reports one team has already been penalised twice. The players were found by their Premier League-appointed COVID-19 compliance officer to have shown “ill-discipline regarding protocols”. Clubs can decide to pay the fine or pass it on to players. The club which was fined twice, ordered the two players involved to pay up. The opposing teams are also thought to have been fined for their players’ part in the shirt-swaps The tougher new Premier League rules were communicated by letter to all clubs on January 7, when players were routinely hugging on the pitch despite COVID-19 infection rates rising in the UK and within the game.
Nicky Butt Leaves Manchester United
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Nicky Butt Leaves Manchester United

Nicky Butt has quit his role as Manchester United’s head of first team development. Butt, who has also previously been head of the academy, explained he is leaving to pursue “a new professional challenge.” “I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United. “But it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge and I look forward to exploring opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years,” Butt said. Butt he took over as head of United’s academy in February 2016, after ending his playing career in 2011. In July 2019, he took on the newly created role of head of first-team development, to help youngsters make the step up into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior squad.
Mourinho Speaks on ‘next challenge’ after Tottenham Beat Aston Villa
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Mourinho Speaks on ‘next challenge’ after Tottenham Beat Aston Villa

  Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said the next challenge is to maintain the high standards in terms of effort, commitment and sacrifice in his team. Mourinho, speaking after their 2-0 win at Aston Villa, wondered why it took two dreadful performances to galvanise them into action. Spurs lost 2-1 to Arsenal last Sunday, before crashing out of the Europa League after a 3-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb. But goals by Carlos Vinicius and Harry Kane earned three points at Villa, taking Tottenham up into sixth place in the Premier League, just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. “Okay I am really happy with [the response], but it is sad we need such a bad defeat to have this kind of reaction. “This should not be a reaction, this should be a permanent st...
Arsenal Players Didn’t Respect Arteta’s Game Plan against West Ham – Lacazette
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Arsenal Players Didn’t Respect Arteta’s Game Plan against West Ham – Lacazette

  Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette, has insisted that his teammates didn’t respect manager Mikel Arteta’s game plan in the first half of the Gunners’ 3-3 draw with West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday. West Ham gave themselves a three-goal advantage inside 32 minutes, with Jesse Lingard, Jarred Bowen and Tomas Soucek scoring for the Hammers against Arsenal at the London Stadium. But Arteta’s men drew level thanks to own goals from Soucek and Craig Dawson before Alexandre Lacazette’s header from substitute Nicolas Pepe’s cross to give both teams a point each. “My feeling is mixed between being proud of the team because we came back in the second half and disappointed with the first half we did,” Lacazette told reporters during his post-match press conference aft...
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Buhari Hasn’t Fulfilled All His Promises Because He Lacks The Right Team – Tofa

Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa was the candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the June 12, 1993, presidential election which result was annulled. In this exclusive interview, the elder statesman bared his mind on many topical issues in Nigeria: from insecurity to permutations for the 2023 presidential election, especially zoning and joint ticket for candidates from the same religion to how President Muhammadu Buhari has fared in delivering on his promises. He also spoke on the victimisation of the Fulani, especially in the Southern part of the country, and the response of the federal government to Asari Dokubo’s declaration of a Biafran government, among others. Excerpts: Insecurity issues seem to have increased exponentially with Boko Haram still ravaging the North Eas...
Chelsea vs Porto: Petr Cech Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals
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Chelsea vs Porto: Petr Cech Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals

  Chelsea legend, Petr Cech, has predicted the Blues to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals ahead of FC Porto when both sides clash in the quarter-final first and second legs in April. Cech, who admitted that the tie against Porto would be tough, believes Chelsea’s confidence and strength will help them secure a semi-finals spot. The former goalkeeper said this while reacting to Chelsea’s Champions League last-8 draw against Porto on Friday. Chelsea eliminated Atletico Madrid from the Champions League last-16, while Porto knocked out Juventus. “When you reach the quarter-final of the Champions League, you know you will face a difficult opponent,” Cech told Chelsea’s website. “As it stands now, we play Porto as normal away and home and you can prepare for...
AC Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Agg 1-2) : Paul Pogba to the Rescue as United cruise to Europa League Quarterfinals
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AC Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Agg 1-2) : Paul Pogba to the Rescue as United cruise to Europa League Quarterfinals

Paul Pogba's second half cameo was all Manchester United needed to secure a quarter final berth at the expense of a dogged Milan side intent on frustrating Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's team. Milan got a vital away goal in last week's first leg at Old Trafford and with the availability of star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic many expected them to disturb United's party on Thursday night, March 18. Paul Pogba came off the bench in the second half to score the decisive goal, picking his spot from a tight angle in the left inside channel to give United a 0-1 win and secure a 2-1 aggregate triumph in the tie. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had Milan's best opportunity, but Dean Henderson was on point to deny the veteran forward. United despite facing pressure, comfortably held out at the end t...
Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]

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

  Former England defender, Gary Neville, has predicted the position Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City will finish in the Premier League this season. Chelsea is currently in the fourth position on the Premier League table with five points behind third-place Leicester City and six points behind second-place Man United after 29 games. But Neville, who played for Man United during his time in the Premier League, believes the Red Devils will finish the second position, while Thomas Tuchel’s men will secure the third position and Leicester will finish fourth. When asked which teams will finish in second, third and fourth positions between Chelsea, Man United, and Leicester, Neville said on Sky Sports: “I think [the EPL top four] is [fixed]. “Leicester are the ...
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Owen Hargreaves predicts winner of Champions League tie
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Owen Hargreaves predicts winner of Champions League tie

Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, has predicted victory for Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 tie against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday. Hargreaves said that even though Atlético Madrid are not a team to write off at this point of the competition, Chelsea stand a better chance of progressing. Chelsea have not tasted defeat since January when Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard and got a 1-0 lead after Olivier Giroud’s spectacular winner in the first leg. They have also not conceded a single goal in their past five matches. Hargreaves believes that the Thomas Tuchel’s experience of guiding PSG to last season’s Champions League final could also prove valuable. “I think he got that PSG team to the final. Pep spoke about experience, you see ...
Dominating Manchester City defence reaches 15-year Champions League high
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Dominating Manchester City defence reaches 15-year Champions League high

Pep Guardiola's red-hot side are closing in on yet another record as their backline leads the way Manchester City have become just the third team in Champions League history to keep seven consecutive clean sheets. City defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 on Tuesday, sealing a 4-0 aggregate triumph in the last 16 of the competition. Only Arsenal, who posted 10 straight clean sheets in the Champions League ending in April 2006, have bettered Man City's mark. AC Milan also recorded seven shutouts in a row, ending in April 2005.
Arteta Decides on Aubameyang’s Status as Arsenal Captain
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Arteta Decides on Aubameyang’s Status as Arsenal Captain

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has decided he will not take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off captaincy duties despite his disciplinary issues last weekend, according to the UK Sun. Aubameyang was dropped to the bench for Arsenal’s Premier League derby win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the striker broke the club’s rules by arriving late to a team meeting ahead of the game. The Gabonese international looked furious on the bench throughout the match at Emirates. He did not also take part in the post-match warm down, choosing to leave the Stadium early instead. Some had suggested Arteta may choose to strip Aubameyang of the captaincy in order to further punish the 31-year-old for his behaviour. However, Arteta considers that the issue has been dealt with and does not w...
Thierry Henry Points out What Arsenal Lack Under Arteta
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Thierry Henry Points out What Arsenal Lack Under Arteta

  Former Arsenal skipper, Thierry Henry , has said the team lacks consistency under manager Mikel Arteta. Henry was speaking on Monday Night Football, a day after the Gunners beat Tottenham 2-1 in the North London Derby. He insisted that the “table doesn’t lie” and Arsenal should be doing better than their 10th-placed position in the Premier League. When asked if Arsenal are making progress under Arteta, Henry said: “First and foremost, I would say yes in a way because I think Mikel bought himself some time by winning the FA Cup. Some people will say, “Yeah that’s last year”. “But on the way of winning it, the teams he won against bought him some time with the Arsenal fans and the team because he had something to show at the end of the season. “Now what I think t...
Gary Neville Names Only two creative players at Man United
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Gary Neville Names Only two creative players at Man United

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has suggested that the club only have two creative players, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. According to Neville, Fernandes and Pogba are the only players at Man United that may open up defences in tight situations, while the rest players need space to do that. He said this following Man United’s Premier League 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday night at Old Trafford. Neville told Sky Sports, “You know how Man Utd are. They struggle to break down teams. They have got to be better against teams in those deep blocks with ten men behind the ball. That is where the next stage is. “It is about being more higher quality in the final third. There are more organised and compact teams around now, especially teams in the botto...
Armed Robbers Attack Bank in Okuku, Osun State
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Armed Robbers Attack Bank in Okuku, Osun State

Some dare-devil armed robbers attacked a new generation bank in Okuku area of Osun state today, March 11. Osun state police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola who confirmed the incident said the Commissioner of Police in Osun, Wale Olokode has led a team of operatives to the scene of the incident for possible arrest of the armed robbers. The number of people killed or injured in the robbery attack is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.  
Six Liverpool Players, PSG Star Named in UEFA Team [Full list]
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Six Liverpool Players, PSG Star Named in UEFA Team [Full list]

  Six Liverpool players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website on Thursday afternoon following the conclusion of the week’s round of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night. The six Liverpool players are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Ozan Kabak, Nathaniel Phillips and Fabinho. The Reds players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, among others. Recall that Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 2-0, thanks to goals from Salah and Mane. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after this week’s round of 16 second-leg fixtures: Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas (PSG) – 10 points Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 9 points, ...
The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta
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The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has expressed his optimism that his project at the club will ‘bang’ once football returns to normal after the pandemic. The Gunners have endured a disappointing campaign so far during Arteta’s first full campaign in charge and travel for Thursday night’s Europa League tie with Olympiacos knowing that winning that competition is their best route back into Europe next season. The 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday, leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League with 11 games left. Arteta remains adamant that there has been improvement and says the difficulties his team have faced throughout the pandemic, will actually work to Arsenal’s advantage in the long-term. When asked what the past year has been like, Arteta said: “We have created a real...
Champions League: Pirlo Reacts as Ronaldo, Others Jump Over Free-kick against Porto
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Champions League: Pirlo Reacts as Ronaldo, Others Jump Over Free-kick against Porto

  Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, has spoken about the goal that saw his team crash out of the Champions League against 10-man Porto on Tuesday. With the tie level at 3-3 on aggregate in extra time, Sergio Oliveira’s free kick from distance went under a Juve wall that included Cristiano Ronaldo. The goal meant Adrien Rabiot’s late header was merely a consolation. Juventus were eliminated on a 4-4 aggregate, having lost 2-1 in Portugal. Speaking about Oliveira’s free kick, Pirlo said: “We choose the players to go in the wall. It had never happened before that they’d turn around, maybe they felt it was so far out that they didn’t sense the danger. “It was a mistake, it usually doesn’t happen, the players didn’t feel it was a dangerous situation and conceded a goal....
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...
Man City vs Man Utd: I Was not Proud of my Team – Guardiola
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Man City vs Man Utd: I Was not Proud of my Team – Guardiola

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has revealed he wasn’t proud of his team at the start of this season, as they were “unrecognisable”. City are marching towards their fifth Premier League title at the moment, having opened up a 12-point lead over second-placed Leicester City with a game in hand. Guardiola’s men were ninth in the table and eight points behind leaders Liverpool after a 1-1 with West Brom in December. But City have since gone on a stunning 21-game winning run. “It was not just that specific West Brom game. It was the last games before West Brom,” Guardiola told Sky Sports ahead of City’s derby clash with Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. “Always I am a spectator – I am a manager but a spectator. I want to enjoy, I want to see my...
Nigerian MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Suffers his First Career Loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259
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Nigerian MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Suffers his First Career Loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259

Israel Adesanya has suffered his first career loss after he was defeated by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, March 6. The New Zealand-Nigerian middleweight champion was bidding to become the fifth fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously after a 20 - 0 record. In the fight, Adesanya showed a clear speed advantage against Jan Blachowicz. But Polish light-heavyweight took control during the final two rounds and defended his title via unanimous decision to claim victory.  All three officials awarded the bout his way, 49-46, 49-45, and 49-45. “Losses are part of life. Losses are something I deal with occasionally,” Adesanya told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the post-fight news conference. “Just this is my first one in MMA. As I say, it is w...
Arsenal Very far from Being my Team – Arteta admits
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Arsenal Very far from Being my Team – Arteta admits

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted the current squad is still “very, very far,” from being his own team. The Gunners have won seven of their last 12 Premier League games since Christmas. However, they travel to Burnley in Saturday’s early kick-off in 10th place, after a poor first-half of the season. When asked how close the current Arsenal side was to being what he views as his own, Arteta said: “Very far. Very, very far. “There’s still a lot to improve, a lot of quality to add. [We need to be] much more efficient in decision-making, much quicker to open situations up when advantages are there, many more situations to feel when advantages are obtained. “More control of games, more defensive actions in the opponent’s half, fewer giveaways in our own half, more c...
I Will Keep Substituting you – Klopp Fires Warning to Salah
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I Will Keep Substituting you – Klopp Fires Warning to Salah

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted he will keep taking Mohamed Salah off during games, if he doesn’t perform. Speaking to the media on Friday, Klopp made it clear he will take the best decisions for the team, without caring what the headlines will be. Salah, the Premier League’s leading scorer this season, was replaced around the hour mark at Anfield on Thursday night. The Egyptian winger was unable to hide his disbelief when leaving the field. “I think he enjoys the pressure [of being top scorer],” Klopp said. “He’s been outstanding again. I could have changed last night other players but it was more about who we bring on and he looked like he felt the intensity. He maybe saw it different, that’s fine. “We make these decisions in the moment. Then...
Mason Mount Deserves to be Chelsea Captain – Redknapp
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Mason Mount Deserves to be Chelsea Captain – Redknapp

  Sky Sport pundit, Jamie Redknapp, has spoken about his admiration for Chelsea’s Mason Mount, and believes he is in line to become the next captain of the team. Mount scored a stunning winner, as the Blues beat Liverpool 1-0 on Thursday night. The 22-year-old midfielder was a big favourite of former manager, Frank Lampard and now appears to have earned Thomas Tuchel’s trust. He has featured in 26 of their 27 matches this season, scoring five goals and producing three assists. “I think the best way to state what he is right now is the ultimate modern-day player,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “He can play in a two in midfield. He can play the No. 10. He can play wide left, wide right. He has that much quality. You could play him as a false 9 if you had to. “He sta...
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.”
Unai Emery, Mata Gushes About Super Eagles Intl, Samuel Chukwueze
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Unai Emery, Mata Gushes About Super Eagles Intl, Samuel Chukwueze

  Villarreal boss, Unai Emery has described Super Eagles international, Samuel Chukwueze’s return to form as great news for the club. According to the former Arsenal boss “Chukwueze’s return is news for the future of the team in this final part of the season.” The Spaniards added that the team were “beginning to see the Chukwueze that most fans knew and that this year for some reasons we had not seen.” The Super Eagles attacker overcame a groin injury, which needed surgery after it compromised his performances over time. And despite the Yellow Marines’ defeat to Atletico Madrid at the weekend, the Nigerian forward was the most dangerous player on the pitch. Also speaking about the player, popular sports figure, Javier Mata of AS newspaper pointed out that Chukwue...
LASG Raises Team To Meet FG Towards Rehabilitation Of Badagry Expresway
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LASG Raises Team To Meet FG Towards Rehabilitation Of Badagry Expresway

At the end of the yearly Executive-Legislative Parley of Lagos State Government on continued Reconstruction of Lagos Badagry Expressway; 1. Lagos CONFAB raises 7 - Man Team to meet Federal Government headed by Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat. 2. The Committee is expected to give feedback to the State Government within weeks for further action. 3. A resolution was reached to engage the Federal Government on the Long-Drawn-Out rehabilitation work on Lagos Badagry Expressway. 4. FERMA currently announced 88% completion on the ongoing rehabilitation works of a section of the Lagos Badagry Expressway. 5. The Project Contractors (Wizchino Engineering Ltd) are fast-tracking the implementation of the the project from Igboelerin to Agbara according to Mr Rufus Onimisi, FERMA Sou...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’

  Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has claimed that referee Stuart Attwell admitted that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball was a penalty. Shaw reacted angrily after Attwell decided not to award a spot-kick during their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Hudson-Odoi touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area while fighting with Mason Greenwood for possession during the first half. However, after consulting with VAR, Attwell determined that the contact was not grounds for a penalty, to the chagrin of the visitors. Shaw has now claimed United captain, Harry Maguire, was told the kick should have been given. “If it’s not going to be a penalty, l don’t think they needed to stop the game,” he said to Sky Sports after the game. “The ref even said to H [Harry ...
Arteta, Lacazette Reacts to Arsenal 3-1 Win Against Leicester City
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Arteta, Lacazette Reacts to Arsenal 3-1 Win Against Leicester City

  Mikel Arteta has hailed his Arsenal side following their 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday. Leicester took the lead early on at the King Power Stadium after Youri Tielemans fired the home side ahead with a clinical finish after some poor defending from Arsenal. But goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Nicolas Pepe ensured that Mikel Arteta’s went home with all 3 points. Addressing the press after the win that brought the Gunners into the top half of the table, Arteta said “I’m really proud of the team, the character we showed.” Giving reasons for the win, the Spaniard added, “We looked composed, confident, the energy and the positiveness around the team was really good.” Also reacting to the victory, Lacazette, who netted from the spot, ...
Olympiacos vs Arsenal: ‘There are Areas We Can Hit to Harm Them’ – Sokratis
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Olympiacos vs Arsenal: ‘There are Areas We Can Hit to Harm Them’ – Sokratis

  Olympiacos defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, has expressed confidence Arsenal has areas his team can hit to harm them when both sides clash in the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie on March 11 in Greece. Sokratis spent almost three years with Arsenal before leaving the Gunners in January to join Olympiacos on a free transfer. Olympiacos knocked out Arsenal from the Europa League when both sides met in the competition last year. And Sokratis believes Mikel Arteta’s side still have weak spots in their team that Olympiacos can exploit. “It is something special because until a month ago I was with them. I think it will be a difficult game. Arsenal are a very big team,” Sokratis said as quoted by Metro UK. “We have to be focused during both games to repeat last...

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