Tuesday, January 19

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Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona: Blaugrana’s away woes continue with Negredo winner
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Cadiz 2-1 Barcelona: Blaugrana’s away woes continue with Negredo winner

Cadiz beat Real Madrid in October and delivered another upset on Saturday as Lionel Messi and Barcelona lost in Andalusia. Barcelona's miserable away run continued as Cadiz claimed another big scalp with a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Blaugrana are now winless in four on the road in LaLiga - their worst such run since May 2008 - and a dismal defensive mix-up gifted all three points to surprise package Cadiz. Alvaro Gimenez struck a scrappy, contentious opener with just eight minutes played, but the promoted side, who enjoyed a stunning win away at Real Madrid earlier this season, were pegged back by Pedro Alcala's own goal before the hour mark.
Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United: Comeback sees Blues keep pace at top
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Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United: Comeback sees Blues keep pace at top

  Despite conceding for the first time in 459 minutes, Chelsea eased to a comprehensive win over Sheffield United. Chelsea kept pace at the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had kept clean sheets in each of their last five matches, but saw their goal breached in the ninth minute by David McGoldrick. However, Tammy Abraham equalised and Ben Chilwell gave Chelsea a lead they would not relinquish as their defensive solidity returned thereafter.
Chelsea failing to rekindle Cech & Terry glory days’
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Chelsea failing to rekindle Cech & Terry glory days’

The former England international goalkeeper, who saw out his career at Stamford Bridge, admits success is “impossible” without a “solid basis” Chelsea’s defensive issues are making it “impossible” for them to hit ultimate targets, admits Rob Green, with the Blues failing to recapture the glory days of when Petr Cech and John Terry were in their pomp. Frank Lampard has been doing his best to emulate those efforts and big money has been invested at Stamford Bridge, with Roman Abramovich once again rolling recruitment dice over the summer. Additions at the back formed part of an elaborate spending spree, with the likes of Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy snapped up.
Man Utd are dependent on Pogba and Fernandes and have lost their ‘defensive balance’, says Saha
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Man Utd are dependent on Pogba and Fernandes and have lost their ‘defensive balance’, says Saha

A former Ole Trafford favourite thinks the Red Devils have become too reliant on a talismanic duo in recent months Former Manchester United star Louis Saha believes the Red Devils rely too much on Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes while also losing their "defensive balance". United have endured an inconsistent start to the 2020-21 campaign, picking up just four points from a possible 12 in the Premier League while shipping a total of 12 goals. The Reds nevertheless made it through to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, and encouraging signs of progress were displayed during a 4-1 win over Newcastle in the top flight on Saturday.
Barcelona Table Expanded €15m Offer For Defensive Target As Deadline Looms
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Barcelona Table Expanded €15m Offer For Defensive Target As Deadline Looms

Barcelona table expanded €15m offer for defensive target as deadline. As per Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo via RAC1, Barcelona have increase their proposal for Manchester City focus back Eric Garcia to €15m. Mundo Deportivo (MD) report that City actually consider this offer inadmissible however, Barcelona at first offered €10m for the expert and should do somewhat more to select the safeguard before the cutoff time. MD include that the two clubs could consent to an arrangement for an expense between €18m to €20m, so Barcelona may just be €3m to €5m away from striking an exchange that would genuinely reinforce their crew. Barcelona are obviously hesitant to pay over the chances for the ability thinking about that the 19-year-old’s agreement terminates the following summer, wit...
‘Liverpool missed a trick not getting Werner’ – Klopp also needs another centre-half, claims Crouch
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‘Liverpool missed a trick not getting Werner’ – Klopp also needs another centre-half, claims Crouch

The former Reds striker believes added firepower is required at Anfield and would also like to see defensive reinforcements brought in Liverpool “missed a trick not getting Timo Werner” and need to add another centre-half to their ranks after seeing issues at the back exposed against Leeds, says Peter Crouch. The Reds have been relatively quiet in the current transfer window. Greece international Kostas Tsimikas has been added to their ranks, but he was drafted in to provide back-up to first-choice left-back Andy Robertson.
Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears
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Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears

The Nigeria international has reacted after playing his first game for Steven Gerrard’s men at Pittodrie Stadium Leon Balogun has expressed his delight after helping Rangers secure a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen on his debut appearance on Saturday. The 32-year-old defender teamed up with the Ibrox Stadium outfit from Championship side Wigan Athletic last month after his contract with the Latics ended. The centre-back was immediately handed a starting role in the Gers’ first game of the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership season and delivered solid defensive performances.
Arteta Reveals Why Arsenal Lost 2-1 to Tottenham
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Arteta Reveals Why Arsenal Lost 2-1 to Tottenham

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has blamed his individual error and lack of defensive solidity for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. It is a result that damaged the Gunners’ hopes of sealing a European place. Arsenal took the lead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s rasping drive, but a loose Sead Kolasinac pass, allowed Son Heung-Min to equalise soon after. Toby Alderweireld gave Spurs victory late on with a header from a corner. It also saw Arteta lose his first North London derby as a manager. “We gave them the game again, an individual error and the set-piece that cost us three points again. “We talked about it before the game today that set-pieces in this game are crucial, and today it cost us the t...
Leicester City star Ndidi attributes his progress to constructive criticism
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Leicester City star Ndidi attributes his progress to constructive criticism

The 23-year-old is flourishing in the English top-flight and has explained how frank opinions from close associates have kept him going Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has attributed his progress to his ability to listen to criticism from his coaches, friends and wife. The Nigeria international has been in top form since teaming up with the King Power Stadium outfit in 2017 from Belgian side Genk. Ndidi’s stock has risen very high in the Premier League and he is currently regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the English top-flight.
Chilwell backed to make Chelsea title contenders as Burley calls for left-back alongside Werner
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Chilwell backed to make Chelsea title contenders as Burley calls for left-back alongside Werner

The former Blues star is delighted to see a deal in place for the Germany star and feels a solid defensive addition would tick another important box Chelsea must be considered serious title contenders for 2020-21 if they are able to add a big-money deal for Ben Chilwell to one already being lined up for Timo Werner, says Craig Burley. The Blues have agreed to trigger the £54 million (€60m/$68m) release clause which will free the prolific Germany international striker from his contract at RB Leipzig. Liverpool had appeared to be leading the chase for Werner, while Manchester United have also been credited with interest, but the 24-year-old seems destined to head for Stamford Bridge.
Tau’s different class – former Bafana Bafana midfielder Modubi
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Tau’s different class – former Bafana Bafana midfielder Modubi

The former South Africa under-23 international has offered his advice to the 26-year-old attacker, who has impressed in Belgium Ex-Bafana Bafana international Masilo Modubi says Percy Tau should be fearless if he wants to play in the Premier League. Modubi was once on the books of English giants Chelsea as a youngster, but the retired defensive midfielder never got the chance to play for the Blues first team. He had not earned enough national team caps for a United Kingdom work permit so he had to spend time with Belgian club Westerlo on loan from Chelsea until he was released by the London giants.
Mikel erred swapping Chelsea for China – AFC Leopards legend Okwemba
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Mikel erred swapping Chelsea for China – AFC Leopards legend Okwemba

The former Kenya international believes the ex-Super Eagles skipper made a big mistake leaving the Blues AFC Leopards legend Charles Okwemba feels former Nigeria international John Obi Mikel made a big mistake by ditching Chelsea for Chinese outfit Tianjin TEDA in 2017. The midfielder played for the Blues from 2006 to 2017 and went on to win the Champions League, Europa League, English Premier League, and FA Cup, among other titles. However, he left for China despite offers from other teams to stay in the UK. "[Mikel] was a solid defensive midfielder, though I don't think his career ended up so well especially after leaving Chelsea," Okwemba told Goal on Friday. "The mistakes he made in his career was going to China, at that stage; he still had a lot to offer. Things took a ne...
Ndidi addresses comparison between himself, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante
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Ndidi addresses comparison between himself, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante

Leicester City star, Wilfred Ndidi, has addressed comparisons between him and Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante. Ndidi believes Kante, who played a key role in Leicester City’s Premier League title win in 2016, is a machine. Fans have often compared Ndidi to Kante because both players play defensive midfield roles for their respective clubs. But the Nigerian international has now addressed that talk on an Instagram Live, according to Leicester Mercury. “I have always seen myself as Ndidi, and I want to be seen as Ndidi,” the 23-year-old said. “Kante is a great player, and if you see the way he plays, you’ll know he’s a machine. “The advice I got right from time while I was playing that position is just be yourself. “Every player has his own quality, and it’s not everybo...
U.S. Military Strikes Taliban Forces in First hit Since Signing Historic Peace Deal
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U.S. Military Strikes Taliban Forces in First hit Since Signing Historic Peace Deal

The United States Military has launched military strikes against the Taliban forces in Afghanistan, it's first military strike in 11 days, and it's first strike since the US, Taliban forces and Afghan government signed a historic peace deal that was meant to end the 18 year old war in the country. U.S. military spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett said in a tweet that the “defensive” strike was the first U.S. attack against the militants in 11 days and that the attack was to counter a Taliban assault on Afghan government forces in Nahr-e Saraj in the southern Helmand province. The Afghan Interior Ministry says that four civilians and 11 troops were killed Wednesday in a wave of Taliban attacks across the country . The peace deal signed between the US and Taliban forces had fou...
Kepa Arrizabalaga Top As Chelsea Players 2019-20 Salary REVEALED! [Full List]
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Kepa Arrizabalaga Top As Chelsea Players 2019-20 Salary REVEALED! [Full List]

Chelsea’s highest paid player is currently Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who is likely to be sold in the summer due to unimpressive performances. Chelsea signed Kepa from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6m and he signed a six-year-contract but Coach Frank Lampard has decided to drop the goalie and use 38-year-old keeper Willy Caballero instead. The Blues have barely paid their best players huge wages but opted to give the 25-year-old a shocking £150,000 per week wage alongside midfielder N’Golo Kante. Chelsea signed Kepa in 2016 as Thibaut Courtois’ replacement but he has failed to live up to expectations, and is no longer ranked among the top performing keepers in the world. Coach Lampard has repeatedly called out the Spaniard over his poor performances and has refused to use...
Real Madrid Set New Defensive Record
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Real Madrid Set New Defensive Record

The win over Atletico Madrid in the derby not only secured the top spot in the league, but also set a new record for Real Madrid. With 13 goals conceded in 22 games, Zidane's side are now the lowest-conceding Madrid in LaLiga history at this stage of the season. You have to look back more than 30 years, to the 1987/88 season, to find the record that the Whites have just surpassed. On that occasion, the Real Madrid team conceded 14 goals in their first 22 matches. Also in the 1961/62 and 1964/65 seasons this record was achieved.  In those three seasons, Real Madrid ended up winning LaLiga. Clean sheets If there's one thing that stands out about the defensive solidity of the squad, it's the number of times the team has kept a clean sheet. They have remained unbeaten in 12 LaLiga games...
Dortmund Sign Germany Midfielder Emre Can From Juventus
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Dortmund Sign Germany Midfielder Emre Can From Juventus

Borussia Dortmund beefed up their midfield on transfer deadline day by signing Germany international Emre Can from Juventus, the Bundesliga club confirmed Friday. The 26-year-old, who can play as a defender or defensive midfielder, will initially join on loan as cover for injured Danish player Thomas Delaney until the end of the season. However, the transfer will then become a permanent move, “provided that agreed parameters are met”, according to a statement on the Dortmund website. “In Emre Can, we are getting a German international who can play in different systems in several positions in both defence and central midfield,” said Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc. “He is a player who also brings his physicality to bear and has a strong will to win.” Accordi...
Gernot Rohr Praises Samuel Kalu and  Josh Maja after Visiting them at his Former Club Bordeaux
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Gernot Rohr Praises Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja after Visiting them at his Former Club Bordeaux

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has praised new Super Eagles players Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja,who both play for French Ligue one club, Bordeaux. The Franco-German tactician paid a surprise visit to Maja as well as Samuel Kalu in France ahead of March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone. Maja has scored seven times and has provided three assists for Paulo Sousa’s Bordeaux side this campaign while Kalu has only played 36 minutes this season for the club but Rohr, who also played for Bordeaux from the late 70s to the late 80s and equally managed the side in the 90s,  believes the two Super Eagles stars can shine in the French league and ultimately the Super Eagles. In an interview with RIG, 90.7 FM, Bordeaux , Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr said; "Samuel Kal...
What Brendan Rodgers Said About Ndidi’s Quality Ahead of Leicester with West Ham clash
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What Brendan Rodgers Said About Ndidi’s Quality Ahead of Leicester with West Ham clash

  Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has described Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi as a phenomenal player. He also said that not many players do the job the Nigerian does in the defensive midfield. Rodgers spoke at his press conference on Tuesday ahead Leicester City’s midweek clash with West Ham United. The Foxes have been unable to win all three matches they played in the absence of Ndidi who is recovering from injury. “He’s a real colossal player for us. He allows to defend and to defend forward. “He covers a lot of space for our attacking players and there’s not too many players better than him who do that job. “He’s a phenomenal player. To have him back early is a huge boost for us. He has been a miss, no doubt.”
Solskjaer’s Squad for EPL Clash Revealed [Full list]
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Solskjaer’s Squad for EPL Clash Revealed [Full list]

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, will be without Marcus Rashford, when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Rashford was missing from the travelling party, having picked up a back problem against Wolves in the FA Cup earlier in the week. Solskjaer has however been given a defensive boost though, with the return of Eric Bailly to the matchday squad. Bailly last played for United on their pre-season tour, but made a comeback from a knee injury for the Under-23s a week last Friday. Solskjaer said returning defenders Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, will be important options for him for the rest of the season. Manchester United squad vs Liverpool: De Gea, Romero, Grant, Jones, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Williams, Bailly, Maguire, Dal...
Captain America Actress Accused of Killing her Mom Claims she Stabbed her For Self Defense
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Captain America Actress Accused of Killing her Mom Claims she Stabbed her For Self Defense

  The Captain America actress accused of killing her mother has claimed she stabbed her four times in the back in 'self defense' because her mom came to attack her with a knife. Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, is charged with fatally stabbing Patricia 'Tee' Fitzgerald, 68, at her home in Olathe, Kansas on December 20. According to court records, Fitzgerald told police and 911 dispatchers after the bloody attack that her mother had tried to kill her, but Patricia's autopsy,found no evidence the mother had ever been in control of a knife and that the woman had suffered 'defensive injuries'. Fitzgerald told authorities that her mother had lunged at her with the knife and that she hit her with a vacuum part to disarm her. During the struggle, Fitzgerald claims she grabbed the knife...
Arteta Opens up on Arsenal’s Plan in January Transfer Market
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Arteta Opens up on Arsenal’s Plan in January Transfer Market

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has admitted that he is not expecting the club to do “big things” in the January transfer window. Arteta is believed to be in the market for defensive reinforcements, especially with the long term injury to Calum Chambers. But speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the Spaniard said they will only make a move if they find good options. “If we can find something to help us go through the season in a more balanced way in certain areas, and is helpful, we’ll look at the options. “[I’m] not expecting big things. “However, I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment, the players that are recovering from injuries. That’s the biggest expectations from my side,” Arteta said.
Arteta Speaks on Arsenal’s Move for Boateng
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Arteta Speaks on Arsenal’s Move for Boateng

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has said the club is working on transfers this month. Speaking after a 1-0 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday, the Spaniard, however, refused to give names. When specifically asked about a potential move for Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, Arteta told Sky Sports: “We don’t talk about any transfers and we are working on a few things. “When the club has something to say I will let you know.” It is believed that the Gunners will be looking to do loan deals in January. Having spent in excess of £130million last summer, Arsenal stretched themselves financially even without Champions League football. Arteta is seeking defensive reinforcements, with Calum Chambers out for up to nine months. ...
Wan-Bissaka sets Man Utd target he intends to hit in every Red Devils appearance
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Wan-Bissaka sets Man Utd target he intends to hit in every Red Devils appearance

The highly-rated full-back has settled quickly at Old Trafford and intends to prove his worth by dominating defensive statistics Aaron-Wan Bissaka has set himself the target of putting in the most tackles for Manchester United each and every time he takes to the field. The 21-year-old prides himself on an ability to get stuck in, giving opposition forwards no time on the ball. Those qualities have been taken with him to Old Trafford, with United investing £50 million ($61m) in his potential when prising him away from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing
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‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing

The Spaniard is capable of matching the Brazilian's consistently high level of performances, according to his Etihad Stadium team-mates Aymeric Laporte and Ederson are already confident Rodri is the right man to provide competition to Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield. City lacked a genuine alternative to key man Fernandinho in the holding role last season, who is approaching the twilight years of his career at 34. Guardiola identified the need for defensive-midfield cover during the summer transfer window and Rodri has since arrived from Atletico Madrid in a club-record £63 million ($76m) deal.
Besic joins Sheffield United from Everton on one-year loan
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Besic joins Sheffield United from Everton on one-year loan

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international midfielder joins the top-flight new boys on a temporary basis after spending two years on loan at Middlesbrough Muhamed Besic has left Everton and signed for Premier League newcomers Sheffield United on a loan deal for the 2019-20 season. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international will spend a third consecutive season on loan away from Goodison Park after having played for Middlesbrough in the Championship for the last two campaigns. The defensive midfielder signed for Everton in a £4 million deal in 2014, and has made 37 appearances for the Toffees.
Tosin Adarabioyo: Blackburn Rovers sign Manchester City defender on loan
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Tosin Adarabioyo: Blackburn Rovers sign Manchester City defender on loan

The Anglo-Nigerian has completed a season-long loan move to Ewood Park Championship club Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the signing of Tosin Adarabioyo on loan for the 2019-20 season. Rovers announced the 21-year-old as their fifth signing of the summer and as a defensive reinforcement. The move to Ewood Park is Adarabioyo’s second loan move away from Manchester City, after playing for West Bromwich Albion last season.
Klopp looking for Liverpool to be ‘annoying’ in bid for further silverware
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Klopp looking for Liverpool to be ‘annoying’ in bid for further silverware

The Reds boss is looking for his side to build on the foundations they put down last season and remain a tough nut for opponents to crack Jurgen Klopp is looking for Liverpool to remain an “annoying” side to play against as they prepare to chase down more major silverware in 2019-20. The Reds showed last season that they can be a match for the best sides in the business. Just one Premier League defeat was suffered in the 2018-19 campaign, while the men from Anfield also boasted the best defensive record in the English top flight.
Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final
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Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final

Dylan Bronn's own goal 10 minutes into extra time gave Senegal a 1-0 win over Tunisia in an action-packed semi-final in Cairo. Senegal have reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for just the second time in their history having beaten Tunisia 1-0 after extra time in a dramatic match that saw both teams miss penalties. The 2002 runners-up edged past Uganda and Benin with 1-0 victories in the previous two knockout rounds and maintained their impressive defensive record in Cairo as they eventually found a way past unfortunate Tunisia, who were denied another clear penalty late on. Henri Saivet wasted a glorious chance to send Senegal through towards the end of normal time in Sunday's clash when failing to convert from the penalty spot, five minutes after Ferjani Sassi had done l...
Draxler on Cavani, Neymar & Mbappe: They have big egos & they all want to be top scorer
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Draxler on Cavani, Neymar & Mbappe: They have big egos & they all want to be top scorer

The midfielder says he is often selected to play a more defensive role by Thomas Tuchel as some of his team-mates only have goals on their minds Julian Draxler has suggested that there are big egos within the front three at Paris Saint-Germain, claiming that they all want to be the club’s top goalscorer. The Germany international has found himself in and out of the starting XI in the 2018-19 campaign, and has explained how he has often been used in a more defensive role to compensate for the attacking desires of some of his team-mates. The midfielder scored three goals in 31 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, and he has suggested that the likes of Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria have big egos and all want to finish with the most goals.
I Failed at Man United Because I Didn’t Believe in God – Memphis Depay
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I Failed at Man United Because I Didn’t Believe in God – Memphis Depay

Former Manchester United winger, Memphis Depay has blamed himself for his failure at the club. The player also shared the blame with former managers of the club, Luis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Depay said he did not fulfil his expectations in England because he did not believe in God. Depay arrived at Old Trafford on the back of a sensational season with PSV and hopes were high of him to restore pride to a stagnant United side. The 25-year-old said both Van Gaal and Mourinho did not give him the chance to revive his career at the club. Depay, who left United for Lyon, thinks his rejuvenation in France has been helped by a new found outlook in life, and by actively interacting with religion. According to him, “I lost m...
See 3 Strong Reason Why Chelsea Will Beat Arsenal In Europa League Final
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See 3 Strong Reason Why Chelsea Will Beat Arsenal In Europa League Final

All roads lead to Baku Olympic stadium, Azerbaijan on 29 May 2019 where London rivals Chelsea & Arsenal will battle in the Europa League final. Arsenal produced an incredible display in the second leg of their semi-final clash against Valencia to book a place in the final, while Chelsea had to settle affairs with Frankfurt via penalties. We are expecting a thrilling game indeed but we have some reasons below why Chelsea will eventually grab the trophy at the end of the match: Eden Hazard Is A Man For The Big Occasions It was no surprise that Hazard, amid pressure, took the final penalty that took Chelsea to the Europa League final. You can only wonder where the club will be without their talisman. In Hazard, the Blues have a gifted player who can single-handedly change t...
Mourinho Reveals how He Put Messi in ‘jail’
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Mourinho Reveals how He Put Messi in ‘jail’

Jose Mourinho has explained how his tactics kept Lionel Messi in “jail”, during Inter’s win over Barcelona in the 2009/2010 Champions League semi-final. Inter won the first leg 3-1 at San Siro, before holding on for a 1-0 defeat at Camp Nou in the second leg, to advance via a 3-2 aggregate scoreline. Mourinho’s side would go on to win the Champions League, by defeating Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final in Madrid. But Inter’s bigger feat was advancing past Barcelona and Lionel Messi, who had scored four goals in Barcelona’s quarter-final second leg win over Arsenal that season. Mourinho explained that stopping Messi, who was playing on the right wing, had to be a group effort involving defensive midfielders Thiago Motta and Esteban Cambiasso, as well as left-back Javier Zanetti...
Leicester City Manager Blames Kelechi Iheanacho after 1-0 Defeat to Man City
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Leicester City Manager Blames Kelechi Iheanacho after 1-0 Defeat to Man City

Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers, has said Kelechi Iheanacho should have scored a late goal, to dent Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes. Iheanacho came off the bench with 10 minutes to go at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, with Leicester trailing 1-0. The Super Eagles forward, who was sold by Pep Guardiola, wasted a glorious opportunity to earn the Foxes a draw, which would have left Liverpool in top spot in the table. Iheanacho has scored a single Premier League goal this season and Rodgers feels he should have done better with the chance. “He should score, I said that to him afterwards, in the big games there are not many moments. “It was tight, we were very, very good in our defensive organisations. They didn’t have many chances and we didn’t have many. But ...
Paul Onuachu: Nigeria’s new hero and Gernot Rohr’s potential saviour
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Paul Onuachu: Nigeria’s new hero and Gernot Rohr’s potential saviour

The Super Eagles ended their qualification campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with two wins in very contrasting circumstances, and may have launched a new star in the process. The visit of Seychelles was a dead rubber, and was largely played in a subdued atmosphere, with the outcome almost assured despite the best attempts of the Pirates to make it interesting in the first half. Facing seven-time African champions Egypt, for all that it was a friendly, had higher stakes, as it afforded a chance to see the team go up against a direct rival for AFCON glory. There was a palpable nerviness that was only made worse by the narrow score line. The star of the show, aside Nigeria’s solid defensive pairing of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong, was newcomer Paul Onuachu, whose voll...
Passionate Klopp gets straight to the point, Liverpool’s Van Dijk says
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Passionate Klopp gets straight to the point, Liverpool’s Van Dijk says

English Premier League (EPL) leaders Liverpool are chasing their first league title since 1990 and Van Dijk said Klopp could be brutally honest when assessing their performances. “He’s (Klopp) very passionate, he’ll tell you the truth at all times,” Van Dijk said on The Premier League Show. “He won’t go beating about the bush. That’s something I personally like a lot and most of our players like it as well. “We have plenty of meetings throughout the whole season where he is definitely not happy about some things. “That’s a good sign, even when we’ve only lost one (league) game all season there have been some moments where we can do much better.” Liverpool have the best defensive record in the league, having conceded 18 goals in 31 games, but Manchester City can leapfrog thei...
Lewandowski Slams Bayern Munich Tactics After 3-1 Loss to Liverpool
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Lewandowski Slams Bayern Munich Tactics After 3-1 Loss to Liverpool

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has criticised Niko Kovac’s tactics, after they were sent crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool on Wednesday evening. Lewandowski feels their approach in the 3-1 defeat was negative. The reigning Bundesliga champions also struggled to score at Anfield in the first leg. “Of course, we knew it would be a tough game. “But in both games I think we played too defensive. We didn’t try to push forward to create situations – in the first game and today. “We didn’t risk much, we were playing at home it was our game but that’s why I think Liverpool beat us. We were playing too deep, we didn’t take risks, I don’t know why. “We tried to push Liverpool but offensively sometimes it was two against four players and ...
Life After David Villa No Easy Stroll For NYCFC
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Life After David Villa No Easy Stroll For NYCFC

The Spanish World Cup winner's departure to Japan has left New York City FC without its long-time figurehead, and searching for an identity The player introductions at Yankee Stadium for New York City FC's home opener were relatively tame on Sunday afternoon for the first home match of the 2019 season. Modest cheers permeated the venue as each name rang through the speakers, witn NYCFC captain Alexander Ring drawing the loudest applause, even if it wasn't exactly thunderous. Missing from those pre-game proceedings was the traditional roar of applause that traditionally greeted the announcing of David Villa, the Spanish star who pulled off the rare feat of living up to the hype of a marquee designated player signing. Villa's four seasons at NYCFC saw him win over notoriously...
Ola Aina Officially Confirmed Fastest Serie A Player
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Ola Aina Officially Confirmed Fastest Serie A Player

Nigeria international Ola Aina has been named the fastest player in the Italian Serie A at the halfway stage of the season. The official website of the Lega Calcio has published infographics of the first round of the Serie A and the Chelsea loanee reached the highest speed peak calculated over a period of three seconds. The Nigerian wing-back clocked a top speed of 29.66 kilometres per hour to rank first, while Parma’s Jonathan Biabiany is the fastest over 30 meters at 29.01 km per hour. Though Aina has to improve in the defensive phase, he is considered Nigeria’s best offensive wing-back at the moment and his strengths are his pace and acceleration, which helps him against his opponents. The 22-year-old Chelsea Academy product is good in making short passes and is a good dribbler....
Mikel Not Leaving China
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Mikel Not Leaving China

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi recently ended his contract with Tianjin Teda and became a free agent. John Obi Mikel Latest reports have it that the former Chelsea midfielder may not be leaving China any soon, as is being speculated in the transfer market. According to Sports radio, Brila fm, the mercurial Nigeria international might be remaining in China, at least for the forthcoming season. The radio station reports that Mikel could be on his way to Beijing Sinobo Guoan as the Capital City club are thought to be monitoring his situation and could make a move for The Nigerian after the departure of Catalan midfielder Jonathan Soriano to Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia identifying the Super Eagle as the perfect replacement both in the heart of midfield and to fill their quota of ...
Fulham Leading Arsenal in the Race to Sign Cahill on Loan
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Fulham Leading Arsenal in the Race to Sign Cahill on Loan

Garry Cahill  Wolves bid to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea for £18m Fulham leads the race for Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill as Claudio Ranieri has identified the 33-year-old as the man to fix his leaky defence. The Cottagers have conceded 47 goals in the Premier League this season – more than any other team. The Chelsea captain has only made one appearance in the league this campaign after falling out of favour under Maurizio Sarri. Arsenal is also reported to be interested in the centre-back but Fulham is believed to be ahead in the race for his signature according to UK’s The Sun. Ranieri’s side was thrashed 4-1 by the Gunners on Tuesday and sits 19th – one point off Southampton in safety who have a game in hand. Fulham splashed £100million in the summer on tr...
UBA Wins 2018 Nigeria Bankers Games Football Title
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UBA Wins 2018 Nigeria Bankers Games Football Title

The 2018 edition of the Nigeria Bankers Games came to a climax at the weekend at the YabaTech Sports Complex, Yaba,  as United Bank for Africa (UBA) emerged champions of football event the of Games. Samir Bello capitalised on Fidelity Bank defensive blunder late in the second half to give UBA their first football gold since 2014. The colourful closing ceremony was graced by Mr. Tony Elumelu – Chairman, UBA, Nnamdi Okonkwo – Managing Director Fidelity Bank, Desmond Anumkua – Divisional Head, Internal Control Compliance, Fidelity Bank, Charles Aigbe – Divisional Head, Corporate Communications, Fidelity Bank, Shina Atilola – Group head, Strategy and Innovation, Sterling Bank, Atilade Adeyinka – Unit Head, IT Budget and Control Management, FCMB, Uyi Uhunmwangho – Team Manager, Stanbic IB...
Schalke Fans Boo And Jeer Their Team Into Last 16 In Europe
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Schalke Fans Boo And Jeer Their Team Into Last 16 In Europe

Schalke have reached the last 16 of the Champions League, but their progress to the knock-out stages did not stop travelling fans booing their team’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Porto. Schalke’s Argelian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb (2ndR) and teammates react at the end of the UEFA Champions League group D football match between Porto and Schalke 04 at the Dragao stadium in Porto on November 28, 2018. (Photo by FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP) German fans celebrated before kick-off in the Portuguese city on Wednesday when Lokomotiv Moscow’s 2-0 win over Galatasary meant both Schalke and Porto were through to the last 16 from Group D. However, the mood soured after Schalke were well beaten by Porto as the Germans only had a late Nabil Bentaleb penalty to show and their fans voiced their disappoint...
EPL: Sarri Insists 2 Clubs Are Ahead Of Chelsea In Premier League Title Race
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EPL: Sarri Insists 2 Clubs Are Ahead Of Chelsea In Premier League Title Race

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri has insisted that they are a step behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title this season. The Blues are in second spot above Liverpool on goal difference in the table after Sunday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. Manchester City moved two points clear on the table, but Chelsea are being backed to challenge for the title. However, Sarri told Sky Sports, “From the first day, Manchester City and Liverpool are at the moment a step ahead of us. “When I arrive the gap from last season as 30 points with City. It is difficult to think you can recover this gap in one season, in six months. “We need to improve more because we are doing well. We need to improve from a tactical point of view. “In the first 15 m...
Fulham Boss Jokanovic Finds Positives In Cup Defeat
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Fulham Boss Jokanovic Finds Positives In Cup Defeat

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic found positives in their Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City. Brahim Diaz struck in either half to earn the holders progression to the Quarter-Finals, but Fulham showed a lot more resilience than had been evident of late. “We cannot be happy because we lost the game," Jokanović confessed. “We had the intention to be competitive, respect the competition, and try and go through. “At the end of the day, we made some positive things, we showed some better kind of the defensive organisation than in the past, and we continued our learning and improving process. “We played against City's second team, if I can call this a second team. In this team was [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Vincent] Kompany, [Gabriel] Jesus, and these kinds of players. “We tried to play ...
Madrid Set To Sack Coach Lopetegui: Reports
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Madrid Set To Sack Coach Lopetegui: Reports

Real Madrid are set to part ways with underperforming Coach Julen Lopetegui and replace him with former Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte. The AFP Sports, quoting Spanish newspaper reports said Lopetegui took to training as usual on Monday morning but is not expected to be in post for the Copa del Rey game against minnows Melilla on Wednesday.   Real Madrid Coach Julen Lopetegui: may be sacked today Spanish media reported that Real directors are set to meet later on Monday, when Lopetegui’s sacking could be confirmed. Conte is the favourite to succeed him but Santiago Solari, the coach of the club’s B team, Castilla, is in line to take temporary charge. In his two seasons with Castilla, Solari has overseen them finishing 11th and eighth in the Spanish third tier. Madrid were...
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...
Loftus-Cheek Presses Chelsea Case As Burnley Await
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Loftus-Cheek Presses Chelsea Case As Burnley Await

Ruben Loftus-Cheek made a persuasive argument this week to be included in Chelsea’s starting line-up at Burnley on Sunday. Loftus-Cheek The reality is, though, the England midfielder has more work to do to convince Maurizio Sarri he is ready for an extended run in the Premier League. A hat-trick in the Europa League victory over BATE Borisov confirmed the potential of the 22-year-old, who enjoyed a successful season-long loan spell at Chelsea’s fellow London club Crystal Palace last term. His performances last season were enough to win him a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, but back at club level, Loftus-Cheek has found himself on the fringes of Sarri’s first team and in no doubt the Blues head coach does not yet believe he is ready to slot into the Italian’s syste...
Arsenal Sink Sporting As Betis Topple AC Milan
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Arsenal Sink Sporting As Betis Topple AC Milan

Danny Welbeck pounced on a defensive lapse to snatch a 1-0 victory for Arsenal at Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday, while seven-time European champions AC Milan crashed to a home defeat by Real Betis. Arsenal’s English striker Danny Welbeck (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League group E football match Sporting CP vs Arsenal FC at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on October 25, 2018. / AFP) England forward Welbeck struck a 78th-minute winner in Portugal as he punished a mistake by former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates to hand Arsenal a third win in three matches in Group E. Unai Emery’s Gunners have now won 11 games in a row in all competitions — the club’s best run since 2007 — and are on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League ...
Magical Mesut Ozil & Super-sub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Make It Ten In A Row For Arsenal
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Magical Mesut Ozil & Super-sub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Make It Ten In A Row For Arsenal

Mesut Ozil stole the show in the second half (Picture: Getty) Resilience wasn’t a skill readily associated with Arsenal sides towards the latter end of Arsene Wenger’s tenure at the club. The teams produced during the first half of his reign at the Emirates had it in abundance but it was rarely seen towards the end as the decay set in. The signs are there now though that it is returning under Unai Emery. Returning in how the Gunners respond to setbacks, in how they deal with turning moments in matches and are able to switch momentum back in their favour. It was there in how Arsenal made it 10 in a row in all competitions against Leicester and how they responded to such an abject first half performance with a second half display of unrelenting magnificence Ozil played a ...