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Juventus coach Pirlo: Morata return was a priority
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Juventus coach Pirlo: Morata return was a priority

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo is delighted with the return of Alvaro Morata. Pirlo insists bringing Morata back from Atletico Madrid was always a priority. He said, “We were waiting for a striker to come in and he's here now. I know Morata well, I was lucky enough to play with him: he was one of our priorities. “On a technical and tactical level, he's the player we were looking for. Pellegrini went to Genoa to get more game time, also in light of next year's European Championship. “De Sciglio's available like he was last week."
Morata set for Juventus medical ahead of loan return with €45m option to buy from Atletico Madrid
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Morata set for Juventus medical ahead of loan return with €45m option to buy from Atletico Madrid

The 27-year-old enjoyed two productive seasons in Turin and is now set to join former team-mate Andrea Pirlo's rebuild at the club Alvaro Morata is on the verge of completing a return to Juventus from Atletico Madrid, sources have confirmed to Goal. The 27-year-old, who played for Juve from 2014-16, should undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of an initial loan move. Juventus are set to pay a loan fee of €9 million (£8m/$11m), with an option to buy for €45m (£41m/$53m).
Saldremos Juntos: La Liga star, Saul Niguez’s unique initiative during Covid-19
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Saldremos Juntos: La Liga star, Saul Niguez’s unique initiative during Covid-19

The midfielder is leading a solidarity movement to which aims to help small businesses, freelancers and professionals affected by Covid-19 The Covid-19 pandemic has made a deep impact in Spain, a country that is entering its third week of enforced quarantine in order to fight the spread of the disease. Across the country, this has caused many sectors of society, including football, to stop activity and many others have had to slow the rhythm of business drastically. These measures can make a significant impact on local and global economies. In Spain, like many other countries, there is significant concern over how smaller businesses will cope. This concern has given rise to a new solidarity initiative, designed by Atletico’s Niguez. The initiative, called ‘Saldremos Juntos’ (we ...
Morata Included in UEFA Champions League Team
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Morata Included in UEFA Champions League Team

Atlético Madrid striker, Álvaro Morata, has been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its official website on Thursday. Morata, who is on loan at Atletico from Chelsea, was included in the team after his impressive performance for Diego Simeone’s side. The Spanish striker scored a goal in Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 win against Liverpool on Wednesday. He made the list, alongside Atletico teammate, Marcos Llorente, and Valencia’s Kevin Gameiro. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after this week’s round of 16 second-leg fixtures: Goalkeeper: Péter Gulácsi (Leipzig) Defenders: Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig), Angeliño (Leipzig), Juan Bernat (Paris) Midfielders: Marcos Llo...
Simeone Praises Real’s Valverde For Cynical Foul On Morata
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Simeone Praises Real’s Valverde For Cynical Foul On Morata

Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde earned unlikely praise from Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for a deliberate foul that denied Atletico a late scoring chance and potentially cost them Sunday’s Super Cup final. The final, which Real won 4-1 on penalties, was goalless with five minutes left of extra time when Atletico forward Alvaro Morata raced towards goal with a glorious chance to score. He was brought down, however, outside the box by a sliding Valverde, who was shown a straight red card for the lunge on the striker. Real survived the remaining minutes as the game ended 0-0 and they scored all their spot-kicks to become the first side to win the Super Cup since it was turned into a four-team event and transported to Saudi Arabia. Uruguay international Va...
Griezmann Reveals Who To Blame For Barcelona’s 3-2 Loss To Atletico Madrid
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Griezmann Reveals Who To Blame For Barcelona’s 3-2 Loss To Atletico Madrid

Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann has blamed himself and his teammates for making too many ‘mistakes’ following their defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday night. Ernesto Valverde’s side was beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, with Diego Simeone’s side going on to face Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final. The Catalan club had looked certain to win the game, after Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Koke’s opener. But Atletico netted two late goals through Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa to turn the game around. “I don’t know what happened. I think we lost because of our own mistakes and they had fresher legs at the end,” Griezmann was quoted by Sport as saying after the match. ...
Roma’s Schick closing in on RB Leipzig loan with €28m option to buy
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Roma’s Schick closing in on RB Leipzig loan with €28m option to buy

The striker is set to swap the Stadio Olimpico for the Red Bull Arena and reports suggest Nikola Kalinic could replace him in Italy Roma's Patrik Schick is closing in on a season-long loan move to RB Leipzig, with Goal able to confirm that the Bundesliga side have an option to purchase the forward at the end of the loan deal for a fee in the region of €28 million (£25m/$31m). The Giallorossi are yet to sign a new striker in the summer window, instead focusing on defensive and midfield reinforcements in the form of Leonardo Spinazzola (Juventus), Pau Lopez (Real Betis), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta) and Amadou Diawara (Napoli). Roma have, however, been linked with an interest in Atletico Madrid's Nikola Kalinic, now 31, with the Liga side seemingly deeming the Croatian striker surpl...
Atletico Madrid continue recruitment drive with €8m Saponjic capture
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Atletico Madrid continue recruitment drive with €8m Saponjic capture

The forward has arrived from Benfica on a three-year deal as the Rojiblancos prepare for the likely departure of Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid have signed Serbia Under-21 striker Ivan Saponjic from Benficaon a three-year contract, the club have announced. Neither club disclosed the fee paid for the 21-year-old but the deal is reported to be worth in the region of €8 million (£7.1m/$9m). A physically imposing forward, Saponjic will provide an extra attacking option for coach Diego Simeone alongside Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and record signing Joao Felix, who also arrived from Benfica for €126m (£113m/$141m).
Atletico Madrid Signs Morata Permanently From Chelsea
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Atletico Madrid Signs Morata Permanently From Chelsea

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have today agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Alvaro Morata. Morata, who is on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season, will now join Atletico in a permanent switch after two years as a Chelsea player, in which he scored 24 times in 72 appearances. A summer signing from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, the striker scored on his Premier League debut, heading home after coming off the bench in our opening game of 2017/18 against Burnley. The Spanish striker will play at Atletico Madrid on loan this season, as was agreed when he joined Atlético de Madrid in the January transfer window, and the move will become permanent at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
Sergio Ramos Weds Longtime Girlfriend
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Sergio Ramos Weds Longtime Girlfriend

On Saturday, Spain and Real Madrid footballer,Sergio Ramos married his longtime girlfriend Pilar Rubio in a star-studded wedding ceremony which took place in Seville, Spain. TV presenter Pilar, 41, commanded attention in an embellished dress and lace veil while the Real Madrid captain, 33, rocked a stylish check suit for their lavish wedding. The couple, who have three children after seven years together exchanged vows at the famous Seville cathedral, before proceeding to Ramos’ farmhouse in Bollullos de la Mitacion for the wedding party. Among the 500 guests who were invited for the wedding, Cristiano Ronaldo was the only popular face missing as he wasn’t invited for the star-studded ceremony in Spain. David and Victoria Beckhamincluding Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder L...
Spain 3 Sweden 0: Second-half flurry sees La Roja’s 100 per cent start continue
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Spain 3 Sweden 0: Second-half flurry sees La Roja’s 100 per cent start continue

Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Alvaro Oyarzabal scored as Spain beat Sweden 3-0 without coach Luis Enrique in Euro 2020 qualifying. Spain made it four wins from as many games in Euro 2020 qualifying despite coach Luis Enrique's continued absence as a second-half flurry saw them beat Sweden 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday. Luis Enrique has been on leave since March due to a family emergency, but Robert Moreno continues to keep the ship on course in his stead, with Serio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Alvaro Oyarzabal scoring in the final 26 minutes to send Spain five points clear in Group F. Sweden could count themselves extremely fortunate to remain on level terms until the break, as Robin Olsen was forced into several fine saves and Dani Parejo had a goal controversially ...
I Want To End My Career At Atletico Madrid – Morata
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I Want To End My Career At Atletico Madrid – Morata

Chelsea's Spainish striker Alvaro Morata says he wants to spend the rest of his career at Atletico Madrid. Morata, 26, joined Atletico in January on an 18-month loan deal, scoring six goals in 17 games for the Spanish side. He was Chelsea's record signing when he joined for £60m from Real Madrid on a five-year contract in July 2017, and scored 24 goals in 72 games. "I am very clear that I want to stay here," the former Atletico youth player told Spanish sports newspaper Marca. "Leaving here has not crossed my mind. I want it to be resolved as soon as possible. I'm happy here. I want to be here for all the years I have left as a professional. "If it was solely down to me, I would have signed my contract with Atletico. "It's what I want, but there are contract matters. I ...
Chelsea need a new No.9 to replace Higuain, says Hasselbaink
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Chelsea need a new No.9 to replace Higuain, says Hasselbaink

The former Blues striker does not expect the Argentine to stay at the club and believes his former side are capable of coping without Eden Hazard Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is concerned about Chelsea's lack of firepower next season as he does not think Gonzalo Higuain is worthy of remaining at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have struggled to find a No.9 since Hasselbaink left the club in 2004, with the likes of Fernando Torres, Alvaro Morata, Radamel Falcao and Hernan Crespo all falling short of the Dutchman's goals-per-game ratio. Higuain is the latest to wear the shirt, but his five goals in 18 games have left many feeling disappointed by his contribution.
Diego Godin Reveals who Caused Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 Defeat to Juventus
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Diego Godin Reveals who Caused Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 Defeat to Juventus

Atletico Madrid captain, Diego Godin has blamed the club’s forwards, Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann, following his side’s Champions League 3-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday night. Cristiano Ronaldo netted a stunning hat-trick as Juventus defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0 and qualified for the quarter-final of the Champions League. Juventus came into the tie trailing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid from the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano. Godin has now blamed Morata and Griezmann for failing to score a goal against the hosts, adding that Diego Simeone’s men were poor in attack. “We couldn’t find a way to hurt them,” Godin was quoted by Metro UK as saying at post-match. “We defended but conc...
Barcelona Top Spanish La Liga Table
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Barcelona Top Spanish La Liga Table

Spanish La Liga table after Saturday’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Atletico Madrid’s Spanish forward Alvaro Morata celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on February 24, 2019. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) Barcelona 26 18 6 2 66 25 60 Atletico Madrid 25 14 8 3 36 17 50 Real Madrid 26 15 3 8 43 31 48 Alaves 26 11 7 8 27 29 40 —————————————— Getafe 25 10 9 6 32 22 39 —————————————— Sevilla 26 10 7 9 41 34 37 —————————————— Real Betis 25 10 6 9 29 30 36 Real Sociedad 25 9 8 8 30 25 35 Valencia 25 6 15 4 25 21 33 Athletic Bilbao 25 7 12 6 25 28 33 Espanyol 26 9...
Yobo Backs Morata’s VAR Disallowed Goal
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Yobo Backs Morata’s VAR Disallowed Goal

SuperSport Nigerian analyst, Joseph Yobo gave his thoughts on some VAR-induced occasions in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Juventus in their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday evening. One of the night’s controversial moments at the Wanda Metropolitano was thrown up in the second half when Chelsea loanee, Alvaro Morata rose highest behind Giorgio Chiellini to nod in what initially looked to be the opener only for the VAR technology to rule out the goal, having adjudged Morata to have pushed his rival. And the former Nigeria international who teamed up yet again with familiar faces Dwight Yorke and Andy Townsend believes the VAR call was right in that case though it might have little to do with Morata’s brilliant header. “The magnitude of the push looks irrelevant in this ca...
Morata’s Debut Ends in Atletico’s First Defeat in 19 League Games
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Morata’s Debut Ends in Atletico’s First Defeat in 19 League Games

Alvaro Morata’s debut for Atletico Madrid ended in defeat at Real Betis as his side missed the chance to make ground on leaders on Barcelona. La Liga’s second-placed club could have closed the gap to three points after Barcelona drew 2-2 with Valencia, but they struggled to break down Betis. The match was settled by Sergio Canales’ 65th-minute penalty after defender Filipe Luis had handled. Morata, signed from Chelsea on loan this month, had four efforts on goal. France World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann went close for the visitors with a second-half strike that came off the post. This was Atletico’s first loss in the league in 19 games and they remain six points behind Barcelona. Third-placed Real Madrid could close the gap to Diego Simeone’s side to two points if they de...
Chelsea Striker, Alvaro Morata Joins Atletico Madrid
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Chelsea Striker, Alvaro Morata Joins Atletico Madrid

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has completed his exit from Stamford Bridge to join boyhood club Atletico Madrid on loan for the next 18months. Morata, who cost Chelsea what was then a club record £60m in the summer of 2017, had struggled to find his best form in England. He was initially linked with a January switch to Sevilla until later agreeing a deal with Atletico instead. Madrid-born Morata started his career with Atletico when he joined the club's youth ranks at the age of 13 and Los Roji blancos will hope he can provide an immediate boost as they look to seriously challenge Barcelona for this season's La Liga title.
Morata Close to Joining Atletico on Loan
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Morata Close to Joining Atletico on Loan

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata said on Sunday he had passed a medical at Atletico Madrid and is “looking forward” to returning to Spain. According to reports, Morata is to sign an 18-month loan deal in the Spanish capital – 18 months after leaving Real Madrid for Chelsea. His imminent departure follows the arrival of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan to Chelsea. “I’ve spent days waiting for this,” Morata told reporters in Spain. The 26-year-old signed a five-year contract when he joined Chelsea for a then club record £60m fee in July 2017. Chelsea have since broken their transfer record by spending £71m keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. Morata has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring...
Barcelona Drops Ighalo Interest for Congolese Forward
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Barcelona Drops Ighalo Interest for Congolese Forward

                                                    Odion Ighalo The dream of Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, to play for FC Barcelona has vanished following the absence of his name in the final three short list of strikers the club aims to sign this winter transfer. Although Ighalo had hoped to return to English Premiership or any other top league in Europe, it was the interest shown by the Catalan side 10 days ago that ignite his ambition of becoming Nigeria’s highest profiled player in the current Super Eagles make-up. The Catalan club is desperately in need of a back up striker since the exit of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla. But last night, the former UEFA Champions League champion, according to Diaro Sports, have narrowed their shortlist to three...
Carlos Vela Appears As An Advanced Option For Barcelona
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Carlos Vela Appears As An Advanced Option For Barcelona

Carlos Vela is the newest name that will be linked to Barcelona, ​​while the club is looking for support for Luis Suarez. SER Catalunya, the Catalan subsidiary of Cadena SER, was the first to give this news. According to the report, Carlos Vela of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), along with Alvaro Morata, are the two strikers that the club plans to replace in place of Munir. The latter went to Seville after not having reached an agreement on a new contract. However, it is possible that Vela has become the first option of Barcelona, ​​while Morata is ready to sign with Atlético de Madrid and that the player has abandoned the idea of ​​playing for Blaugrana. In the same way that it would have been with Christian Stuani and Maxi Lopez, any potential negotiation for the Mexican str...
Player Roman Abramovich Wants To Bring to Chelsea Revealed
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Player Roman Abramovich Wants To Bring to Chelsea Revealed

  Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich is interested in signing Inter Milan striker, Mauro Icardi in this January transfer window. Icardi is in the middle of a contract stalemate with Inter as the Serie A club seek to extend his current deal. The Argentine international last signed an extension with Inter in 2016 and a clause detailed that he can leave San Siro to a club outside Italy for £100million. According to The Mirror UK, Abramovich is taking a vested interest in a possible £100million move for the 25-year-old. The report also claimed that the Icardi tops Chelsea’s list of players to be signed this January. Icardi is one of the top strikers the Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri wants to sign this month. Sarri is eager to bring in a new attacker before the end of...
Hazard will Continue to Play as a Striker – Sarri
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Hazard will Continue to Play as a Striker – Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said he will continue to use Eden Hazard in a as a striker as the uncertainty over the future of Alvaro Morata grows. The Spaniard has not been included in his team’s squad for their last four Premier League games, with that streak set to continue against Crystal Palace on Sunday . Hazard has been deployed as a centre-forward in the absence of a more reliable option, and has scored three times in those four appearances. Sarri has been so encouraged by the Belgian’s displays that he feels he is starting to mirror Morata’s best attributes – casting doubt over the Spaniard’s long-term prospects. The Italian said: “We need to be balanced on the pitch and be more solid. “In the last matches I prefer this solution (Hazard at forward). For t...
Chelsea Return To Winning Ways After Fulham Victory
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Chelsea Return To Winning Ways After Fulham Victory

Chelsea’s English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match against Fulham at Stamford Bridge in London on December 2, 2018. Ben STANSALL / AFP Chelsea bounced back from their first Premier League defeat of the season to see off local rivals Fulham 2-0 on Sunday, with goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek putting the gloss on a mixed performance. The home side dominated possession at Stamford Bridge and scored early through Spanish forward Pedro but struggled to find their rhythm and looked shaky until substitute Loftus-Cheek settled their nerves with a late second. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a dream start to his tenure in Engla...
Callum Hudson-Odoi Not Ready For The Premier League Yet – Maurizio Sarri
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Callum Hudson-Odoi Not Ready For The Premier League Yet – Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri thinks youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi isn’t ready to play in the Premier League despite dazzling in the Europa League. Hudson-Odoi, 18, starred for Chelsea as they beat 10-man PAOK 4-0 in the Europa League, scoring his first senior goal and providing an assist for Alvaro Morata. But Sarri feels the teenage forward must improve before getting his chance in the Premier League. “I don’t know if he is able for the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team,” he told a news conference. “If he’s already ready now to make a difference in the team like Chelsea, he would be the best player in Europe in two years.” “I think he played very well but the type of match was for his characteristics as they had 10 men after seven minutes. We only needed to pl...
EPL: Sterling Scores Brace as Man City Moves to  Top
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EPL: Sterling Scores Brace as Man City Moves to Top

*Chelsea climbs to second spot with win against Crystal Palace Raheem Sterling scored twice fresh from agreeing a new five-year contract with Manchester City as the champions swept aside Southampton 6-1 yesterday to return to the top of the Premier League table. Sergio Aguero, with his 150th league goal, David Silva and Leroy Sane were also on the mark as Pep Guardiola’s side continued their unbeaten start to their title defence. Southampton had the minor consolation of becoming the first team in 630 minutes to score against City but the leaders’ form is ominous for the rest of the division. City are scoring at a marginally faster rate than they did while racking up a record 106 goals last season, and they made a devastating start at the Etihad that finished the game as a c...
Sarri Sings Barkley’s Praise As Chelsea Thump Burnley
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Sarri Sings Barkley’s Praise As Chelsea Thump Burnley

Maurizio Sarri believes Ross Barkley has transformed into the “complete” midfielder after his starring role in Chelsea’s thumping 4-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor. Barkley created Alvaro Morata’s opener with a deft pass before scoring in his third consecutive Premier League game after 52 minutes to double Chelsea’s advantage. Hazard fantastic player, can be world’s best if … – Sarri Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added gloss to the scoreline as the Blues extended their unbeaten start to the season to 10 games and move up to second, two points behind leaders Liverpool. Alongside Eden Hazard – who missed the victory over the Clarets with a back problem – former Everton man Barkley has been instrumental in the Blues’ fine start to the season, much to the delight of Sarri. “He’s doin...
Chelsea v Man United : 3 Things We Learned
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Chelsea v Man United : 3 Things We Learned

Chelsea v Man United: Manchester United emerged undefeated at Stamford Bridge for the first time in Jose Mourinho’s four visits to his old club, but Chelsea were the more grateful of the two sides for a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday. Substitute Ross Barkley struck with virtually the last kick of the Chelsea v Man United game in the 96th minute to salvage the hosts’ unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri and spark a touchline melee as Mourinho took offence at the excessive celebrations of one of Sarri’s backroom staff. However, there were also positives for Mourinho as the visitors showed plenty of heart and no little skill to fight back from a goal down thanks to Anthony Martial’s double. AFP Sports looks at three things we learned: Martial firing Mourinho’s struggles at Old...
Chelsea Drop Points At West Ham
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Chelsea Drop Points At West Ham

Chelsea’s winning start to the season came to a stuttering end at London Stadium on Sunday as they were held to a goalless draw by a determined West Ham United side. “We knew Chelsea would have a lot of the play, as they have all season, but to create the chances we created, that’s what let us down. All round it was a fantastic defensive performance; the way the lads dug in, fought together and stayed together got us a deserved point. We’ll take that all day long”, said Mark Noble, West Ham captain. The visitors began brightly but could have been behind in the 31st minute had goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga not denied Michail Antonio from four yards out. Substitute Alvaro Morata had a great opportunity to score for Chelsea on 66 minutes but his effort was blocked by the face of Luka...
I Feel Sorry For Alvaro Morata – Ruud Gulit
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I Feel Sorry For Alvaro Morata – Ruud Gulit

Ruud Gulit in his post-match reaction following Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Sunday stated that he felt sorry for Chelsea’s center forward Alvaro Morata. Despite having 75% of possession, Alvaro Morata had to feed from the scraps in the game. The home team which deployed negative football tactics were able to hold the Blues for over 76 minutes until Eden Hazard opened the scoring. The Blues were pegged back as Joselu levelled the games, and had to dig deep to secure a victory in the game as a DeAndre Yedlin’s own goal three minutes from time settled the game. Chelsea legend Ruud Gulit however, was not impressed with the club’s performance. As a pundit on the match of the day, he gave reasons why the London club struggled and why he pity Morata. “They had 80 per cent...
Michy Batshuayi Joins Valencia On A Season-Long Loan Deal
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Michy Batshuayi Joins Valencia On A Season-Long Loan Deal

Michy Batshuayi spent the second half of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund. He only spent a week training under new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri before being deemed surplus to requirements with Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud, and Tammy Abraham all available. “Chelsea Football Club has today agreed on terms with Valencia for Michy Batshuayi to join the Spanish side on a season-long loan,” a statement on the Chelsea website said. There is no option to buy in the loan agreement. Los Che announced in a statement on their official website: “Valencia CF have reached an agreement with Chelsea FC for the transfer of Michy Batshuayi until the end of this season.”
Alvaro Morata Leaves Chelsea Without A No. 9
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Alvaro Morata Leaves Chelsea Without A No. 9

Alvaro Morata has left Chelsea without a No. 9, with the Spanish striker opting to switch his squad number to 29 for the 2018-19 campaign. Having moved to Stamford Bridge in a club-record £70 million ($91.9m) deal last summer, the 25-year-old was offered the chance to follow in some illustrious footsteps. Morata happily snapped up a jersey usually offered to leading frontmen, with the Blues expecting big things of a big-money addition. He was able to contribute 15 goals in his debut campaign, but was more Fernando Torres than Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Morata will be hoping to offer more to the cause in the upcoming season, despite Chelsea’s links to more high-profile additions and uncertainty surrounding his own future, and will take on that challenge free of the pressure No. 9 b...
Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata  Welcomes Twins With Wife Alice Campello
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Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata Welcomes Twins With Wife Alice Campello

Chelsea striker,  Alvaro Morata has become a father for the first time after his wife Alice Campello delivered twins, Alessandro and Leonardo on Sunday. The 25-year-old Spanish footballer announced the good news with a touching message via his Instagram account. Morata wrote: 'And the day arrived ... July 29, 2018, a day I will never forget. The wait has been long, very long. It has been only 9 months but for us it has been like 3 years. 'I have no words to thank you Alice, thank you for making me the most beautiful and incredible gift in the world. Every day since I know you I thank God for having put you in my way, you are the cornerstone of my life. 'These months you have fought like a lioness, I can not be more proud of you; nights in the hospital, dehydrated days, whole d...
World Cup Heartbreak As Fabregas, Morata, Marcos Alonso And Bellerin Axed From Spain 23-man List
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World Cup Heartbreak As Fabregas, Morata, Marcos Alonso And Bellerin Axed From Spain 23-man List

Alvaro Morata has missed out on a place in Spain's squad for the World Cup in Russia, with Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso, Ander Herrera and Hector Bellerin also omitted by Julen Lopetegui. Lopetegui named his 23-man squad for the tournament on Monday, with four Premier League players included - David de Gea, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal and David Silva. However, there was no place for Chelsea striker Morata, with Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Rodrigo and Diego Costa preferred in attack. Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta has been included in the squad the day after playing his final game for Barcelona. "We've taken the players we feel are the best and feel that we have the ingredients to challenge for the title and are just anxious for things to start now," said Lopetegui.
Antonio Conte: N’Golo Kante Fit After Fainting Incident
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Antonio Conte: N’Golo Kante Fit After Fainting Incident

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Friday that midfielder N’Golo Kante has trained all week and is showing no ill-effects after passing out briefly in the dressing room last week. The French midfielder missed Sunday’s match against Premier League leaders Manchester City after the incident, which shocked teammates. “N’Golo is fine,” Conte said at his pre-match press conference. “He trained the whole week. He’s in good form. He’s fine. “Last week, on Friday, it was very cold. After the training session he passed out briefly in the dressing room. “The doctor brought him to have many check-ups, to understand his physical condition. But it was all clear. I think that on Sunday he was well, but at the same time it was right not to take a risk, to give him the opportunity not to play ...
Chelsea And Roma Agree Edin Dzeko Deal
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Chelsea And Roma Agree Edin Dzeko Deal

Chelsea and Roma have agreed terms on a deal that will see Edin Dzeko move to Stamford Bridge, according to Sky. Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that the two sides were coming close to an agreement on a double deal for Bosnia international striker Dzeko and his club team-mate, Brazilian left-back Emerson Palmieri, and it now appears progress has been made. However, Chelsea are yet to reach an agreement with Dzeko’s camp. It is unclear whether the issues lie over the length of the contract or the size of the wages. It is understood Chelsea’s deal for Emerson is further down the line and the 23-year-old’s entourage are ready to travel to London and close the deal. Chelsea have reportedly targeted several strikers in the January transfer window, including Andy Carroll and Ashley Ba...
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte Wary Of Wounded Southampton
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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte Wary Of Wounded Southampton

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Southampton will make life difficult for his side when they clash in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Chelsea recovered from their 1-0 away defeat to West Ham with a 3-1 away win against newly promoted Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. Southampton were hammered 4-1 at home by visiting Leicester City on Wednesday. But Conte posited that playing against a side that suffered a heavy defeat would not be easy. “Tomorrow will be very difficult,” Conte said in Friday’s press conference. “Southampton are a good team with a lot of good young players with a great future and will make us suffer. They are a good team. “When we played West Ham we didn’t win and we dropped points against Crystal Palace. We must pay attention in every...
Alvaro Morata And Wife Expecting First Child
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Alvaro Morata And Wife Expecting First Child

Chelsea and Spain striker, Alvaro Morata and wife Alice Campello are expecting their first child together. The striker shared pictures of himself kissing his pregnant wife on social media with caption: 'The first time I saw you I knew you were going to be the mother of my children and I am sure that you will be the most beautiful and sweet and good mom of this ? I can not love you anymore!'
Victor Moses One Of The Best Wing-Backs In The World – Jamie Redknapp
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Victor Moses One Of The Best Wing-Backs In The World – Jamie Redknapp

Victor Moses has become one of the best wing-backs in the world under the guidance of Antonio Conte, according to Jamie Redknapp. Moses suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s defeat to Palace in September and only returned to Conte’s side as a substitute during the narrow win over Swansea last week. The Nigeria international was handed his first start in Saturday’s win over Newcastle and set up Alvaro Morata with a teasing cross in front of the defence before later winning a penalty. And Redknapp believes Moses has “taught himself” to be one of the best wing-backs in the game. “He missed a large chunk of the season with a hamstring [injury],” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “He makes a huge difference. With the system they play with wing-backs, he’s taught himself – and the ...
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata Better Zinedine Zidane – Alvaro Morata
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Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata Better Zinedine Zidane – Alvaro Morata

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has said that his current manager, Antonio Conte’s attention to tactical detail makes him a better manager than Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane. Morata scored 15 goals in 26 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid after Zidane brought him back to the Bernabeu from Juventus last season. But the 25-year-old Spain international, now thriving under Conte, has netted 7 times in the Premier League since his £70 million move to Stamford Bridge in July. Morata said the difference in personality between Conte and Zidane is reflected in their approach to management. He told AS, “They are two coaches with a winning mentality. “Conte is much more tactical and has more control on the way we play. He is a very passionate person who lives it a lot. Zizou is also...
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Victor Moses Hails Chelsea’s Defeat Of Manchester United

Victor Moses has hailed Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat of Manchester United in Sunday’s English Premier League encounter. A superb second-half header from Alvaro Morata settled the tie in which Antonio Conte’s men produced dominating performance over Jose Mourinho’s side. And Moses, out due to a hamstring injury he sustained last month, took to the social media to laud his teammates who denied the Red Devils just their second league win in their last 16 attempts at the Stamford Bridge. “What a performance from the lads, massive win,” Moses captioned an Instagram post.
Ranieri: ‘Dzeko Was Unstoppable, He’s An Extraordinary Player’
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Ranieri: ‘Dzeko Was Unstoppable, He’s An Extraordinary Player’

The Nantes Coach won the Premier League with the Foxes in 2015-16, but was sacked last season after a poor run of results. Today the Italian has given a long interview with Corriere dello Sport, which opens with the revelation that the English club reached out to Ranieri for a return when they sacked Craig Shakespeare. However, the former Roma and Juventus boss is reported to have replied “no, thank you”. The interview then focuses on Italian football, with Ranieri giving his opinion of Roma. “In the first game at Stamford Bridge they played a great game,” he said. “[Edin] Dzeko was unstoppable, he’s an extraordinary player. Now though are playing as we’d expect them to. “It won’t be easy for Roma to beat them, even if it’s a pleasure to watch [Eusebio] Di Francesco’s side play, they...
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata Denies Finding London “Stressful”
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Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata Denies Finding London “Stressful”

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has dismissed suggestions he finds life in London “too stressful”, saying he would sign for ten years with the English Premier League champions if offered. The 25-year-old — who signed a club record £58 million ($76.6 million) deal from Real Madrid in the close season — was quoted in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday as saying he missed playing for former Italian club Juventus. But the Spanish international insisted it was simply a problem with communication. “I have a problem with this interview. I’m very happy in London with my wife,” said Morata ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Roma. “When I say it’s a stressful city it’s only because of the traffic and lots of people. It’s an incredible city and I really enjoy Lo...
Morata Denied He’s Unhappy At Chelsea After Italy Return Comments
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Morata Denied He’s Unhappy At Chelsea After Italy Return Comments

Alvaro Morata has moved to clarify comments made in a widely-shared interview on Monday, insisting that he is happy at Chelsea. The Spain international was quoted by La Gazzetta Dello Sport as saying that he missed playing for Juventus, and that he would like to live in Italy. Reportedly speaking about his return to Real Madrid from Juve prior to his move to the Blues, he is quoted: "There were contractual agreements to respect. The disappointment was huge: I went right back to the start." "They treated me like the kid I was before the two seasons in Italy. "I arrived [in Italy] feeling like a boy and I returned feeling like a true player. I should never have left Italy and Juve. "I really miss Italy. My wife would like to live in Spain; I'd like to live in Italy." However, he has no...
‘Batshuayi Is Ready To Start’ – Conte Backs Chelsea Striker
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‘Batshuayi Is Ready To Start’ – Conte Backs Chelsea Striker

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has backed Michy Batshuayi to make an impression if he is given the opportunity to feature from the outset for the Premier League champions. The 24-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016 from Marseille for a fee of £33 million, yet he had a quiet first season in England, despite netting the goal that won the Blues the title against West Brom. The Belgium international has shown a good deal more promise in the early weeks of this campaign, scoring seven times in 11 matches, and played a key role off the bench as Chelsea beat Watford last weekend. He was given the opportunity to shine from the beginning of the Carabao Cup match against Everton on Wednesday and, though he did not score, he received praise from his manager for his contribution....
Arsenal, Manchester City Won’t Face Carabao Cup Expulsion Over Fourth Substitute
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Arsenal, Manchester City Won’t Face Carabao Cup Expulsion Over Fourth Substitute

Arsenal and Manchester City are not in any danger of being thrown out of the Carabao Cup, despite some press reports on Wednesday morning. It came after both clubs used a third and fourth substitute in their Carabao Cup ties on Tuesday, with the Gunners edging past Norwich 2-1 and City beating Wolverhampton Wanders on penalties after a 0-0 draw. The Carabao Cup is taking part in a trial of a proposed new law which allows an additional substitute in extra time. But no matter how many substitutions a club makes in the 90 minutes, they are still eligible to make a total of four substitutions for the entire game through to the end of extra time. Rule 10.2 of the Carabao Cup regulations states: “Where any match goes to extra time (in accordance with the provisions of Rules 14.4, 14....
The Seven Keys To Real Madrid’s Mini-Crisis At The Start Of The Season
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The Seven Keys To Real Madrid’s Mini-Crisis At The Start Of The Season

1. 'It's not going in' Madrid have scored 22 goals so far this season, 21 short of the 43 they had at this stage last year. In addition, only 11 different players have scored when last season it was already 17 by now. Cristiano Ronaldo's the only player to have improved, from four goals to six, despite missing sitters like the one at Getafe. The lack of goals is, without doubt, hindering Zidane's side at the moment. The departure of Alvaro Morata seems to have caused more damage than expected and his successor, Mayoral, is not at Madrid's level yet. 2. Sieve Marcelo:  The Brazilian is not in his best form and against Tottenham he was a long way from his normal level. The left flank was a 'sieve' for the opposition forwards and Sergio Ramos could not put the lid on. However, in attack Ma...
Marcos Alonso: ‘Chelsea Have To Watch Out For Dzeko’
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Marcos Alonso: ‘Chelsea Have To Watch Out For Dzeko’

The English champions face the Giallorossi in the Champions League tomorrow, and the former Fiorentina full-back spoke in the pre-match Press conference from Cobham. “They’re a very strong team,” Alonso said. “I think they’ve still got the bloc they had when I was playing in Italy. Tomorrow will be difficult, we’ll have to give 100 per cent to win. “They’ve got a strong core, I’ve always liked [Edin] Dzeko and I think he’s in good form, so we’ll have to be attentive to him, but also the whole team.” The Blues lost to Crystal Palace at the weekend, the first time the Eagles had won or even scored all season. “We’ve worked very well in the couple of days, we’ve recovered well and hopefully we’re going to play a much better game tomorrow. “We’ve been recovering and preparing the game fo...
Batshuayi Determined To Seize Chelsea Chance During Morata Absence
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Batshuayi Determined To Seize Chelsea Chance During Morata Absence

Michy Batshuayi says Alvaro Morata's injury has given him the ideal chance to impress at Chelsea. Goal understands Spain international Morata is facing around a month out of action as a result of the hamstring problem picked up in last Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. Batshuayi has largely been restricted to a substitute role this season, with head coach Antonio Conte keeping him as a back-up to the club-record signing, but the Belgium striker has still managed five goals. The 24-year-old was tipped to leave during the transfer window but he is now determined to seize his chance for regular playing time. "It sounds strange to say, but someone's bad luck is sometimes the happiness of the other," he told Sky Sports News. "I know that I will have more playing opportuni...