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Manchester United: Rangnick told three players to build team around
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Manchester United: Rangnick told three players to build team around

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane has urged the club’s manager, Ralf Ragnick to build his team around Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane. Keane said this following Man United’s Premier League 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend. The Irishman, who backed the idea of rebuilding Man United was asked on Sky Sports who of Man United’s current team he would build the team around. He replied: “I don’t know, I really don’t. “Bruno, sure, people like Ronaldo, Varane, there are some good young players there.” Keane added: “If a top coach comes in – at least for a good starting point – there are senior players there, at least their contracts are nearly up you can move them on, get some fresh young talent in at United.” Man United are currently in the 7th ...
AFCON 2021: Why Equatorial Guinea defeated us – Algeria coach, Belmadi
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AFCON 2021: Why Equatorial Guinea defeated us – Algeria coach, Belmadi

Algeria coach, Djamel Belmadi has explained that his team was defeated 1-0 against Equatorial Guinea at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, because the Nzalang Nacional defended with a lot of desire and determination. Equatorial Guinea defeated Algeria, who are the defending champions, 1-0 in their second 2021 AFCON tie on Sunday. Esteban Fernandez scored the only goal of the match in the second half to give Equatorial Guinea a memorable 1-0 win over Algeria in Douala. Fernandez guided his effort past Rais Mbolhi to beat Belmadi’s men and in the process end their impressive 35 match unbeaten run. Reacting after the game, Belmadi was quoted by CAF Online as saying: “It’s not the expected result and yet we did everything, we got several chances but the ball did not g...
Guardiola names one team Man City didn’t deserve to win
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Guardiola names one team Man City didn’t deserve to win

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has said his side does not deserve to beat Arsenal in their Premier League game last week. Manchester City defeated Chelsea on Saturday to move 13 points clear at the top of the table; Pep Guardiola insisted that his team worked hard to deserve the victory. Guardiola also recognised the significance of Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Thomas Tuchel’s men but reiterated the title could not be won in January. Kevin De Bruyne struck with 20 minutes remaining at the Etihad to earn champions City a hard-fought victory. “But in January no one is champion. We can think about Chelsea, and Liverpool have games in hand. If they win it will be eight points and eight points in January is nothing,” the City boss told BT Sport. “I want to win games ...
Martial didn’t want to be part of Man Utd squad – Rangnick
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Martial didn’t want to be part of Man Utd squad – Rangnick

The France international has asked to leave the club in the January transfer window and was absent from the squad this week   Ralf Rangnick says Anthony Martial asked not to be included in the Manchester United squad to face Aston Villa on Saturday, however the player has denied that claim. The France international was absent from the team as the Red Devils took home a 2-2 draw from the Premier League clash at Villa Park. Rangnick, who said in December that the 26-year-old has asked to leave the club, was ready to include Martial in the squad this week.
Afcon 2021: Ghana coach Rajevac rues missed opportunity in Gabon draw
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Afcon 2021: Ghana coach Rajevac rues missed opportunity in Gabon draw

The Black Stars boss reflects on Friday’s encounter with The Panthers at the continental gathering   Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has lamented his team’s lack of concentration in critical match moments following their 1-1 draw with Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday. The Black Stars gave away a goal lead to settle for a point in the Group C matchday two fixture after Jim Allevinah netted two minutes to full-time to level the score. It was Ghana’s second straight time of letting in a late goal after they conceded in the 82nd minute in their 1-0 loss to Morocco in their tournament opener on Monday. "It was a difficult and competitive game. We were supposed to end the match winning, but as in the first game we lost concentration,” Rajevac said at the post-match ...
Afcon 2021: Nigeria desire to dominate as favourites
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Afcon 2021: Nigeria desire to dominate as favourites

Having thrived as slight underdogs against Egypt, the Super Eagles’ approach against Sudan will interest fans and neutrals alike   Has the excitement from Tuesday lessened yet? Nigeria went into their opening Africa Cup of Nations clash with Egypt with supporters unsure of what to expect. Despite the gap in quality not being particularly wide, the Super Eagles’ thorny preparation meant a side that were unbeaten in 16 successive games in the competition’s group phase were backed to win, or at least not lose. Augustine Eguavoen had only taken over the team in December, a month to the finals, after the jettisoning of Gernot Rohr at the backend of 2021.
‘There was a chill in the camp’ – Gabon react to Aubameyang Afcon setback
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‘There was a chill in the camp’ – Gabon react to Aubameyang Afcon setback

Figures within the Panthers camp have shed light on the squad’s reactions when the skipper’s ban was announced   Gabon have shared with GOAL some of the reactions within the team following their bombshell that they would be unable to use Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Friday’s 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations draw with Ghana. Having recovered from Covid-19, the Arsenal striker was expected to return to action against the Black Stars—the news was confirmed to GOAL earlier this week—only for Auba to be absent from the Panthers’ teamsheet at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo. Initial reports from the Gabon Football Federation that the forward was suffering from ‘cardiac lesions’ were later clarified by head coach Patrice Neveu, who outlined that Aubameyang has no cardiac issues, but that th...
AFCON 2021: They showed character of potential champions – Asamoah Gyan names team to beat
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AFCON 2021: They showed character of potential champions – Asamoah Gyan names team to beat

Former Ghanaian striker, Asamoah Gyan, has tipped Nigeria’s Super Eagles as the team to beat at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon. Nigeria defeated seven-time champions, Egypt, in their opening Group D game on Tuesday. Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the match to give Nigeria a 1-0 win over Egypt as Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah, was kept silent all through the encounter at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua. However, having watched all the teams play in the opening round fixtures of the 2021 AFCON, Gyan singled out Augustine Eguavoen’s side as the most outstanding team so far in the 24-team tournament. According to the former Sunderland star, the Super Eagles showed the character of a potential champion. “Yes, as of today, Nigeria stands ou...
I knew coming back would be challenging, Man Utd not been good – Ronaldo
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I knew coming back would be challenging, Man Utd not been good – Ronaldo

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has admitted the team is not as good as it should be this season. The 36-year-old returned to Old Trafford last August but the Red Devils continue to struggle this campaign. Their poor form led to the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been replaced by interim manager Ralf Rangnick. “I knew that my coming here would be challenging. “My expectations haven’t changed much since I arrived but the truth is that we are not as good as we should be. “I say that on an individual and collective level as well. I think Manchester could be better in the Premier League, we could be playing better, but we have room to grow. It’s a new year. We have to think positively, believe it’s going to be a good year,” Ronaldo told ESPN Brasil....
Afcon 2021: Bertrand Traore the latest Nations Cup star to test Covid positive
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Afcon 2021: Bertrand Traore the latest Nations Cup star to test Covid positive

The opening week of the Afcon has seen almost every team impacted by the coronavirus as coaches struggle to juggle their playing personnel   Burkina Faso talisman and Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore has become the latest Africa Cup of Nations star to receive a positive Covid diagnosis as the tournament continues to be beset by cases of the virus. The Stallions coach Kamou Malo, who himself has only just recovered from the illness, confirmed the news in Wednesday’s press conference at the Stade d’Olembe ahead of the West Africans’ second group game on Thursday. The news comes as a bitter blow for Burkina Faso, who must now contend with the loss of their captain—and best player—as they go in search of their first points of the tournament.
AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star reacts as Nigeria defeat Egypt, speaks on Salah
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AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star reacts as Nigeria defeat Egypt, speaks on Salah

Former Chelsea star, Ola Aina, has reacted to Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, 1-0 win over Egypt at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua on Tuesday. Aina, who featured for Nigeria in the match, also described Mohamed Salah as a world-class player. Salah was relatively quiet during the encounter until the 72nd minute when he got his first effort but was denied by goalkeeper Maduka Okoye. Speaking to reporters after the game, Aina said: “Mohamed Salah wasn’t really on my side today, but sometimes we had some encounters and everyone knows he’s a world-class player, likewise the whole team is very good.” He added, “I feel the team is very happy, we are very happy to play against Egypt, they are a tough side, they have great players, and for us to get the first three poin...
Man Utd icon, Patrice Evra claims there are at least two gay players at every club after some opened up to him
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Man Utd icon, Patrice Evra claims there are at least two gay players at every club after some opened up to him

Patrice Evra has claimed there are at least two gay players at every team in football after some of them opened up to him during his career. In an interview with French publication Le Parisien, the Manchester United legend made some stunning revelations about some of the views he encountered about homosexuality. 'When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality,' Evra explained. 'Some of my colleagues said "it is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club" and other comments. 'At that time, I said, "shut up". I played with players who were gay. Face to face, they opened up with me because they are afraid to speak otherwise. 'There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world o...
AFCON 2021: How we will approach Egypt clash – Nigeria coach, Eguavoen
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AFCON 2021: How we will approach Egypt clash – Nigeria coach, Eguavoen

Interim manager of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen has said that his team will approach their 2021 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, opening tie against Egypt with a lot of confidence and steam. Nigeria will tackle Egypt in a 2021 AFCON tie in Garoua on Tuesday evening. Eguavoen’s men are in Group D, alongside Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau. “I look forward to an interesting game between two ambitious teams,” Eguavoen told NFF’s official website. “As I said a couple of weeks ago, we’ll take it one match at a time. For now, we see the clash with Egypt, and all our plan is how to earn the three points. “The Egyptians are a strong team and will come with a lot of confidence and steam, but we’ll also be going to the field with a lot of confidence and steam. It’s goin...
Manchester United: Rangnick reveals conversation with Ronaldo, gives update on Sancho, Jones
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Manchester United: Rangnick reveals conversation with Ronaldo, gives update on Sancho, Jones

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has revealed his conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo as his team eliminated Aston Villa from the FA Cup third-round tie on Monday. Rangnick also provided the latest update on Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones. Recall that Ronaldo, Sancho and Jones missed Man United’s FA Cup 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. “I would not say they are injured, but they have muscular problems,” Rangnick told MUTV of Jones, Sancho and Ronaldo. “I spoke to Cristiano [Ronaldo] yesterday before training and he said he’d had some problems for the last couple of days, spine minor problems and in the end, we decided it would make more sense not to take any risks in a cup game that could last 120 minutes. “With Phil Jones, he is having some minor...
Transfer: Chelsea star, Rudiger’s preferred move revealed as Man United plan Milinkovic-Savic deal
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Transfer: Chelsea star, Rudiger’s preferred move revealed as Man United plan Milinkovic-Savic deal

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, would prefer to join Real Madrid over Paris Saint-Germain, Football London reports. Rudiger is still heading towards being a free agent at Chelsea as he is yet to sign a new contract with the West London club. The Germany international has an extension offer on the table but deems it unsatisfactory. The 28-year-old remains in a position where he can discuss pre-contract terms with any team outside England. Meanwhile, Manchester United are plotting a swoop for Lazio midfielder, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Calciomercato reports. Man United are in pole position to sign Milinkovic-Savic ahead of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain who have also been linked with the player. Milinkovic-Savic has previously been valued at £60 million but that fee w...
AFCON: Jay Jay Okocha names ‘man of the match’ as Cameroon win first gam
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AFCON: Jay Jay Okocha names ‘man of the match’ as Cameroon win first gam

Former Paris Saint-Germain star, Jay Jay Okocha, has named Vincent Aboubakar as the man of the match as Cameroon defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, on Sunday evening at Stade d’Olembé, Yaoundé. Cameroon came from a goal down to beat Burkina Faso, thanks to Aboubakar’s two penalty goals. Gustavo Sangare scored for Burkina Faso during the encounter. Speaking on SuperSport after the game, Okocha singled out the former FC Porto star for praise. The Nigerian legend said: “I think considering the fact that he put in a lot of shifts today, not just the penalties, you know he led by example and he really worked for his team. “He could have gotten the third goal if he was a bit more composed in front of goal, he had some chances ...
FA Cup: Rangnick reveals only way Man Utd can become top team
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FA Cup: Rangnick reveals only way Man Utd can become top team

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has told his players to step up their work-rate and intensity levels if they want to be a top team. Rangnick, in charge of the Red Devils until the end of the season, has struggled to make an impact since replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November. United have won just three of their six matches under the German, losing 1-0 at home to Wolves in the Premier League a week ago. The 63-year-old has now warned his squad they will never be a top team like Manchester City and Liverpool, unless they embrace his methods and are prepared to work hard. “This is the only way we can compete in this league and at that level. “Whenever you watch games, even if it’s not the top teams, they play with intensity, they play with physicality, th...
FA Cup: Rangnick to be without three stars for Man United vs Aston Villa game
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FA Cup: Rangnick to be without three stars for Man United vs Aston Villa game

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick will be without three stars when his team clashes with Aston Villa in the FA Cup. Man United will host Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third-round fixture on Monday night. But Rangnick will be without Paul Pogba, who remains sidelined as he recovers from injury. The German will also be without Eric Bailly and Hannibal Mejbri for the Aston Villa clash. Man United disclosed this in a post via their website on Friday. Pogba sustained a thigh injury while on international duty with France national team last November and he is yet to feature under Rangnick. Bailly and Mejbri are with their national teams, Ivory Coast and Tunisia respectively, in Cameroon to play at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Man United...
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BREAKING: Magodo Estate: Supreme Court ruling stands, leave Buhari, Police – Malami to Sanwo-Olu, Govs

Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has condemned the attack on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government and the Police over Magodo Estate in Lagos. On Tuesday, a Chief Superintendent of Police told Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that he and others officers could not vacate the Estate. “Call your superiors in Abuja and tell them that the governor is here, as the Chief Security Officer. You don’t have any business being in my state and I want you to disengage right now”, Sanwo-Olu said. But the police team leader explained that they were there at the instruction of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, through the AGF. “I am too small or too low to call them. Your Excellency sir, you can call them sir”, the CSP politely respo...
Ahmed Musa leaves Super Eagles Camp after losing a family member.
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Ahmed Musa leaves Super Eagles Camp after losing a family member.

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, missed the team’s last training session on Wednesday December 5, after losing a family member. According to Sahara Reporters, the Fatih Karagumruk of Turkey striker was granted permission to leave the team’s camp to be with family members following the sad event. But will link up with teammates in Cameroon ahead of Nigeria’s first game of the competition against Egypt on January 11. In another development, striker Odion Ighalo may not featured at the tournament following the refusal of his Saudi Arabian club, Al-Shabab, to release him to represent his country. In the report by Sahara Reporters, it was claimed that a clause in the contract he signed with the club, indicated that he was no longer active internationally for Nigeria, which is one of...
Liverpool prepared to sell Neco Williams
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Liverpool prepared to sell Neco Williams

Liverpool are prepared to sell Neco Williams this month. Sky Sports says Liverpool could allow Neco Williams to leave in this transfer window. As in the summer, the player is very conscious of his place in the Wales national team set up with World Cup qualifiers coming up in March. He therefore would like options considered this month to allow him to move for regular first team football.  
Update: Novak Djokovic refused entry into Australia as his visa does not allow medical exemptions for the unvaccinated
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Update: Novak Djokovic refused entry into Australia as his visa does not allow medical exemptions for the unvaccinated

Tennis star, Novak Djokovic has arrived in Melbourne to defend his Australian Open crown but he hasn't been allowed into the country because the visa his team mistakenly applied for does not allow medical exemptions for the unvaccinated. The world number one touched down on a Emirates flight from Dubai around 11.30pm Wednesday night AEST, just 24 hours after confirmation of his quest to become the greatest men's player of all time. Djokovic's exemption not to be vaccinated has sparked widespread uproar with many calling Djokovic to 'own up' to the reason for his exemption or face hostility from spectators. According to Sports Mail, Federal Border Force officials contacted the Victorian government late on Wednesday night to ask it to formally support the visa application, which i...
11 Man United top stars set to leave Old Trafford over Rangnick, as dressing room faces division
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11 Man United top stars set to leave Old Trafford over Rangnick, as dressing room faces division

Eleven Manchester United players have decided to leave the club as interim boss, Ralf Rangnick is facing a mounting crisis at Old Trafford Rangnick was brought to help the team finish in good position this season and if possible win titles following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure in November. Manchester United were defeated for the first time since he took over, with Bruno Lage’s Wolves claiming a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, being their first since 1980. And The Mirror reports that serious problems have developed in the dressing room and that the players have now formed a number of cliques. A number of players within the squad are underwhelmed with the German’s style of coaching and are not by any means impressed by his tactics. The players are said to be disappointed with ...
He is our player, we’ll protect him – Thomas Tuchel recalls Lukaku to Chelsea squad
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He is our player, we’ll protect him – Thomas Tuchel recalls Lukaku to Chelsea squad

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has recalled Romelu Lukaku to his squad. Tuchel confirmed that the Belgium international has been restored to the squad ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham. This was after the striker apologized for an interview he gave to Sky Italia which saw him being left out of the Blues squad against Liverpool on Sunday. “First of all, we were happy that we took the time needed to talk calmly about it. This is what we did. He apologized and he is back in the squad,” Tuchel told the press ahead of the Carabao Cup clash. “It was clear for us to understand that he did not do this intentionally. Also, this is the very first time that he behaved like this. “There was never a slightest behaviour against the team. This was the first t...
You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal
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You didn’t do your job – Ian Wright slams Man United star over Wolves’ goal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright singled out Scott McTominay for blames for the role the midfielder played in Wolves’ goal against Manchester United on Monday. Manchester United were beaten for the first time since the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager thanks to Joao Moutinho’s late strike. Wright blamed the Scot for failing to close down Moutinho with the Portuguese given time to find the back of the net. “We can nitpick and say where the header from Phil Jones should have gone but at the same time you have got to be more aware of where you, the holding midfielder are going in defensively to try and stop him [Moutinho],” said Wright, according to Metro. “Look how much time he [Moutinho] has got – McTominay is the one who is closest to try and get to him. If he is in t...
We had Fernandes, Ronaldo’s situations – Rangnick highlights things Man Utd need
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We had Fernandes, Ronaldo’s situations – Rangnick highlights things Man Utd need

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has highlighted two things his team needs following their Premier League 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night. Rangnick, who said Man United had Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo’s situations during his side’s defeat to Wolves, said the Red Devils need to balance the team defensively and offensively. The German said this during his post-match press conference after Wolves defeated Man United at Old Trafford. Rangnick’s side was defeated by Wolves following a second-half goal from Joao Moutinho. The defeat to Wolves was Rangnick’s first since taking charge of Man United last year. “We missed out on scoring the first goal with Bruno [Fernandes], it would have been possible to get the important first goal,” Rangnick was quo...
Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro admitted to hospital
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Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro admitted to hospital

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain, his doctor Antonio Luiz Macedo told the news website UOL from the Bahamas. He was taken to the Vila Nova Star hospital in the south of Sao Paulo on Monday, January 3. Dr. Macedo said that the president was under the tutelage of his team so far and that he is flying to Sao Paulo in the afternoon. UOL quoted Dr Macedo as saying that the president shall undergo more tests “to find out what is in the abdomen. We still don’t know, but it could be caused, for example, by poorly chewed food, among other factors.” He also said that the suspicion, for now, is of a new intestinal obstruction — technically called “intestinal subocclusion. Shortly after, Bolsonaro said in a Twitter post that his ...
They were better, we had no energy – Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal
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They were better, we had no energy – Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal

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

Free agent Jack Wilshere admits he'll be seeking a new club in January. The former Arsenal midfielder has been a free agent since his contract with Bournemouth ended in the summer and clubs will be looking for new faces in the January transfer window. Wilshere, who turns 30 on New Year's Day, suggested he may have some thinking about his future into the game if nothing materialises. “It's a big month for me," Wilshere said on talkSPORT. “I always said when I went back to Arsenal to train to get fit, it was for January. “Now we're at January, I'm 30 at the start of it and I'll see where it takes me. I'm obviously looking for a team and see what comes up. “If we go past January… how long can you be without a club and not playing week in, week out? Big month."  ...
Newcastle hero Dabizas urges focus on Prem-experience players
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Newcastle hero Dabizas urges focus on Prem-experience players

Nikos Dabizas has urged Newcastle United to focus on the Premier League market next month. Dabizas - who spent five years at the club following his arrival from Olympiacos in 1998 - says Newcastle must be 'careful' when selecting their transfer targets. Speaking to The Sun, he said: "All 20 teams have [talented] players that don't get enough minutes and that might be something Newcastle can take advantage of. "[The January transfer window] is always tough for every team. That is when you can only make additional moves, not a general restructure for years to come. They will have to make careful moves to achieve the main goal, which is to avoid relegation. "But under no circumstances will they be able to build a foundation in January because no one sells their best player mid-sea...
Three top players joining Liverpool in January revealed
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Three top players joining Liverpool in January revealed

Three top players Liverpool looking forward to signing this January transfer window have been revealed. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, the two mainstays in Liverpool XI are set to depart Anfield for the African Cup of Nations and this could further deepen the club’s form and send them out of the title race. Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Leicester on Tuesday night, and that was with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the team. The winter transfer window affords Klopp the opportunity to bolster his team and names such as Raphinha, Renato Sánches and Jarod Bowen have been tipped to join the Merseyside club. Raphinha has been Leeds United’s standout player this season, despite the evident struggles of Marcelo Bielsa’s side. The 25-year-old has scored eight goals an...
Guardiola names two teams that can catch Man City despite going 8pts clear
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Guardiola names two teams that can catch Man City despite going 8pts clear

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

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has identified midfielder, N’Golo Kante as a two-in-one player in his team. Tuchel said Chelsea have two ‘Kantes’ – one in the offence and one in the defence. The German noted that the France international lifts everybody up in the Chelsea squad both off the pitch. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League tie with Brighton on Wednesday night, Tuchel told Chelsea TV: “He’s like one-and-a-half players, like an extra half player minimum. We have the feeling we have two N’Golos, one in offence and one in defence. “He’s helping everybody off the pitch and don’t forget he gives a lot of confidence to everybody around him and lifts everybody up. “So, what can I say? I’m happy, and very lucky that he’s in our squad.” Kante has won the Premier Leagu...
‘Exceptional talent’ – Neville names Man United star Rangnick should play often
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‘Exceptional talent’ – Neville names Man United star Rangnick should play often

Gary Neville has advised the coaching crew at Manchester United to make Mason Greenwood a constant feature in the team. He said the young England international can reach the very top of the game if the club takes care of him and provides him with regular opportunities. Greenwood, 20, has scored five goals for United this season as he continues to build on his breakthrough season. The 20-year-old faces plenty of tough competition for a starting spot under Ralf Rangnick, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani all at the German’s disposal. However, the German manager was able to field Ronaldo, Greenwood, Rashford and Sancho in his starting line up against Newcastle on Monday night. The youngster was substituted in the second half...
They’re masters at that – Guardiola names area Liverpool are better than Man City
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They’re masters at that – Guardiola names area Liverpool are better than Man City

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

Manchester City survived a scare but ran out 6-3 victors in a Boxing Day classic against Leicester as Pep Guardiola's team moved six points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. The hosts raced into a 4-0 lead inside 25 minutes but Brendan Rodgers tweaked his system at the break and Leicester sensationally got the game back to 4-3 after three goals in 10 minutes, but two late City goals took the game back in their favour. Kevin De Bruyne got things rolling after five minutes before Riyad Mahrez scored from the spot on 14 minutes. Two more goals followed before the 25th minute as Ilkay Gundogan and a Raheem Sterling penalty put City in a seemingly unassailable lead. But Leicester came roaring back when James Maddison, Ademola Lookman and Kelechi Ihean...
Very Special Player – Tuchel names Chelsea star that makes difference in his team
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Very Special Player – Tuchel names Chelsea star that makes difference in his team

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has identified midfielder, N’Golo Kante as the Blues player that makes the difference in his team. Tuchel described Kante as a very special player, adding that the France international has an outstanding quality that helps Chelsea. The German said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Boxing Day. Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Aston Villa clash, Tuchel said, “N’Golo convinced me that he prefers to be on the bench and play some minutes instead of a full rest. “We agreed on that in discussion with the play but in checking all his data for the last weeks. He trained light for 20-25 minutes and I’ve praised him so many times. Of course, he makes the difference because he’s a very very special player...
Top quality from manager to striker – Guardiola names ‘exceptional’ team
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Top quality from manager to striker – Guardiola names ‘exceptional’ team

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has identified Leicester City as an ‘exceptional’ team in the Premier League. Guardiola said Leicester has a top-quality manager and players in every department. According to him, the Foxes have always been up there on the Premier League table for the past couple of seasons. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said this during his pre-match press conference ahead of Man City’s Premier League clash with Leicester City on Boxing Day. “Leicester remains Leicester,” Guardiola said. “For me, they remain (with a) top-quality manager, absolutely, with exceptional players in all departments. But sometimes, in seasons, there are periods of highs and lows. Maybe we are used to seeing Leicester up there all the time. “Hats off to ho...
48 traders rescued after they were abducted by bandits in Kaduna
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48 traders rescued after they were abducted by bandits in Kaduna

The police in Kaduna state have rescued forty-eight traders who were almost abducted by bandits while traveling along the Birnin Gwari to Kaduna express way on Wednesday, December 22. A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Mohammed Jalige, said at about 9.30, a team of Policemen while escorting a convoy of traders from Udawa village in Chikun LGA along Birnin Gwari to Kaduna came under heavy gunshots by armed bandits which led to the kidnap of a score of persons. However, the escort team reinforced themselves and engaged the bandits in a tactical pursuit in order not to harm the victims. Jalige said the approach exhibited by the Officers forced the bandits to retreat, abandoning their victims and scampering with bloody gunshot wounds. He mentioned t...
Carabao Cup semi-final: Antonio Conte reacts as Tottenham draws Chelsea
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Carabao Cup semi-final: Antonio Conte reacts as Tottenham draws Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has said that it will be ‘nice’ for his team to play against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final. Conte said this while reacting to his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final draws against Chelsea. The Italian believes that the Carabao Cup semi-final draw against the Blues proves that it is ‘very, very difficult’ to win a trophy in England. Conte’s side booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night after beating West Ham 2-1. Meanwhile, Arsenal will play Liverpool in the other semi-final fixture. “I think it is good for Tottenham to reach the semi-final of this competition,’ Conte said at his post-match press conference after the match. “You can see the names of the teams who have reached the semi-final – Liverpoo...
Police arrest three notorious illicit drug dealers in Kano
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Police arrest three notorious illicit drug dealers in Kano

The Kano State Police command has arrested three suspected notorious drug dealers and recovered large quantity of illicit drugs.   Spokesperson of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, December 21, said the suspects, Rabi’u Idris, Abdullahi Muhammad, Sanusi Sani, confessed to have purposely come to Kano from Katsina State for illicit drug business.   "On the 20/10/2021 at about 1000hrs, a report was received that, a group of Drug dealers are supplying Drugs and other intoxicating substances to some remnants of Thugs ('Yan Daba) and other suspecting criminals within Kano Metropolis," he stated.   "On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi raised ...
LaLiga: Xavi reacts as Barcelona draw 1-1 with Sevilla
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LaLiga: Xavi reacts as Barcelona draw 1-1 with Sevilla

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has said he is proud of the team’s performance for Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Sevilla. Ronald Araujo cancelled out Papu Gomez’s opener before Jules Kounde saw red with half an hour to play. However, Barça were unable to take advantage of the extra man. “We’ve dropped two points, we deserved to win, also when it was 11 v 11,” Xavi said. “I saw a Barça side with personality, which is what I want, and the team is growing. We were good at pressing and circulating the ball. We competed well, despite the draw.” Xavi also said that “this Barça is getting close to what we want, being protagonists and brave. It’s the right path, but I will struggle to sleep because we had to win. They were able to cool the game, they’re a veteran team, they know ...
Belgium football team release hilarious Christmas photos
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Belgium football team release hilarious Christmas photos

The Belgium senior men's national football team known as the Red Devils have shared their hilarious and fun christmas photos. Most times when football teams do photoshoots, it usually has a masculine touch to it, but the Belgian team decided to do something different this Christmas.   The Belgian Red Devils featured football stars such as Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, and other star players. Along with the photos was a message that said, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! "Still looking for the perfect card for the holidays? Don't worry, our Red Devils are already in the Christmas spirit."   The photos went viral after they were posted on the team's official Instagram account. The Belgian Red De...
Barcelona have Lost their Identity – Xavi
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Barcelona have Lost their Identity – Xavi

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has admitted that the team has lost its identity during the six years he has been away. Xavi was speaking after watching his side grab a late winner to defeat Elche 3-2 on Saturday. Nico Gonzalez scored the winner in the 85th minute after Barca threw away a two-goal lead at the Camp Nou. Xavi left Barca as a player in 2015 after winning the Treble under Luis Enrique and admits he has been surprised by what he’s encountered since returning as coach last month. “We’ve lost [Barcelona’s] model of play and we have to bring it back. “I have not been here for six years and there are things that have surprised me tactically. I wasn’t here so I don’t know who’s responsible for it, but it’s making [the job] hard for us. “The large...
Pep Cancels Media Plans after Inconclusive Covid test
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Pep Cancels Media Plans after Inconclusive Covid test

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has cancelled his media activities on Friday after returning an inconclusive coronavirus test. He is awaiting the results of a PCR test ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle in the Premier League - live on Sky Sports. As things stand, that game is expected to go ahead. Former Barcelona head coach Guardiola travelled to Catalonia this week to attend Sergio Aguero's retirement news conference at the Nou Camp. If his PCR test comes back positive he will have to isolate for 10 days and miss the trip to St James' Park on Sunday. But if it comes back negative, he can take charge of the team. An isolation period of 10 days would mean Guardiola is also unavailable for the Boxing Day visit of Leicester City in the Premier League.
Rangnick Identifies Player that will Replace Martial at Man Utd
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Rangnick Identifies Player that will Replace Martial at Man Utd

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has identified Anthony Elanga as Anthony Martial’s replacement in his team. Martial is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Despite the 26-year-old making just four starts this season, no one in the current United squad has scored more goals than him during his time at the club. The UK Telegraph reports that the 19-year-old Elanga is set to be rewarded with a new long-term contract, having impressed Rangnick in training. Elanga, who has been with the Red Devils since 2014, but broke through under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the back end of last season. The Sweden youth international scored his first goal in the Premier League just 13 minutes into his second start, netting a decisive header in the 1-0 v...
Peter Psquare Hospitalized over Unknown illness
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Peter Psquare Hospitalized over Unknown illness

Peter Okoye, a member of the reunited Psquare band, has lamented the state of his health after being hospitalized over a yet-to-be-identified illness. He took to Instagram to express the condition of his health as he pens appreciation to family and team for support. According to Peter, his first guess was Covid-19, however, his test result came back negative. “Guys, It’s been a challenging couple of days trying to power through immense pain, fever and general body weakness. We were very excited about giving you an amazing show on the 18th, Unfortunately, my body has taken quite a beating with several intense rehearsals back to back and studio that it just couldn’t take it any more and I have had to give in to Dr’s orders to get some rest, build back my strength to get to o...
Antonio Rudiger reveals why Chelsea may not win titles, issues warning
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Antonio Rudiger reveals why Chelsea may not win titles, issues warning

Antonio Rudiger has said that his team, Chelsea will not win trophies with the way they concede easy goals from opponents in recent weeks. He said they ‘have to address’ their recent trend of giving up ‘easy’ goals after Saturday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Leeds. Chelsea managed to beat Leeds United on Saturday, bouncing back from last week’s defeat to West Ham. Individual errors culminated in two goals scored by the Hammers. Raphinha put Leeds ahead from the penalty spot after Marcos Alonso brought down Daniel James in the box but Mason Mount got the Blues back on level terms and a fine spot-kick from Jorginho saw the Blues take the lead shortly before the hour mark. The home side were pegged back again when substitute, Joe Gelhardt tucked away Tyler Roberts’ cross late ...
Salah holding out for squad assurances before signing Liverpool extension
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Salah holding out for squad assurances before signing Liverpool extension

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah wants assurances about the club's plans for the coming years.   According to Sky Sports, financial terms are not the only issue holding back Salah from extending his deal at the Anfield club. While he does want to earn a higher wage than is being offered, Salah also wants to ensure he will play for a club that challenges for major honours. The 29-year-old wants to know that Liverpool will invest in the best players in the world to build a team that contends for league titles and Champions Leagues. Fans will be hoping that Salah renews, given his vital goalscoring contributions this season. The former Roma forward has bagged 20 goals in 21 appearances so far. Salah has publicly stated his desire to stay at Liverpool, telling MBC Masr ...
Newcastle U23 coach Dickman admits loan list being planned
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Newcastle U23 coach Dickman admits loan list being planned

Newcastle United U23 coach Elliott Dickman admits they're yet to finalise their loan list for January. United currently have Tom Allan (Morton), Lewis Cass (Port Vale), Oisin McEntee (Morton) and Rodrigo Vilca (Doncaster) currently on loan. Dickman said: "I think there could be players that benefit from a loan move. "We've got to make sure we've got a team available to put out.   "At this moment in time, there will be discussions going on around that but at the minute, I can't really say who and who isn't as nothing's been finalised. "The main thing is we might want certain lads to go out on loan but it's got to be right for them. "If it is then there's that opportunity. "Obviously we'll have the conversation with Steve (Harper), Neil (Winskill) Atky (Mark Atki...

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