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Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta
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Aubameyang Masterclass Seals First Major Trophy for Arteta

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced a moment of magic to give Arsenal their 14th FA Cup triumph in a dramatic 2-1 Wembley win over 10-man Chelsea.  The striker, whose future with the Gunners remains uncertain, slotted in a first-half penalty to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s opener, before firing home a classy match-winning strike in the 67th minute.It meant the battle of the rookie bosses was won by Mikel Arteta, with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea ending the game a man down following a red card for Mateo Kovacic.Arsenal’s success means they earn a place in next season’s Europa League, having finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League.  An early breakthrough came after five minutes for Chelsea when Pulisic clipped in a neat close-range finish after former...
Arsenal 2-1 Better Than Chelsea in FA Cup Final
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Arsenal 2-1 Better Than Chelsea in FA Cup Final

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup final on Saturday and making it a record 14th FA Cup win for the club.  Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the dream start, but the Blues unravelled after Aubameyang was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta inside the area and converted the resulting penalty.  A brilliant finish from Aubameyang 23 minutes from time earned Mikel Arteta silverware in his first season as Arsenal boss before Chelsea were controversially reduced to 10 men when Mateo Kovacic was shown an extremely soft second yellow card.  Arteta said ahead of the final he hoped a taste of success would encourage Aubameyang, who only has a year left on his contract at the Emirates, to ...
Kovacic backing Lampard to help him become goal-scoring star for Chelsea
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Kovacic backing Lampard to help him become goal-scoring star for Chelsea

The Croatia international is hardly famed for his prowess in the final third, but he thinks he has the perfect manager to add those qualities Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic believes he is working with the perfect manager in Frank Lampard to add the qualities to his game that he is currently missing. The most notable of those is the art of goal-scoring, with the Croatia international hardly renowned for his prowess in the final third of the field. The 26-year-old failed to find the target during a season-long loan at Stamford Bridge in 2018-19, but still did enough to earn a permanent move from Real Madrid . He is now off the mark for the Blues, with two efforts recorded this term, but has only troubled the scorers on 21 occasions in his 367 club appearances to date.
Kovacic Reveals how Chelsea Should Approach Tottenham After Defeat to Man Utd
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Kovacic Reveals how Chelsea Should Approach Tottenham After Defeat to Man Utd

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has urged Frank Lampard’s men to approach their next Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at home like the beginning of the season. The Croatian international said this while reacting to Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. “We need to wake up because they [Tottenham and Man United] are coming from behind,” Kovacic was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying. “We need to play our next game against Tottenham and rest like we were playing in the beginning of the season and also make some changes.” He added: “Chelsea must improve and focus because we have tough matches ahead of us. “We have to train hard every day and avoid making too many mistake...
Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Man Utd clash
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Chelsea Gets Major Boost Ahead of Man Utd clash

Chelsea has been given a major boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester United on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea confirmed in a post on their official website that midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, returned to the Blues’ training at Cobham on Tuesday morning following his recent recovery from injury. Loftus-Cheek trained with Chelsea’s first-team players that includes the likes of N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, and Mateo Kovačić. The England international is hoping to regain full match fitness to be part of the Chelsea squad that will tackle Man United. The 24-year-old has not featured for Frank Lampard’s side since he ruptured his Achilles during their friendly against the New England Revolution last May. Chelsea head to the clash following a 2-...
Kovacic Reveals Chelsea’s Major Problem Under Frank Lampard
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Kovacic Reveals Chelsea’s Major Problem Under Frank Lampard

  Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has revealed the club’s major problem this season under their manager, Frank Lampard. According to Kovacic, the Blues’ biggest problem this term is that Lampard’s men do not take their chances to score more goals against their opponents. The Croatia international said this while reacting to his side’s FA Cup 2-1 win against Hull City over the weekend. “It was a tough game, as we knew that it would be, but we need to score in the first half two more goals,” Kovacic was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying on Monday. “That’s our problem in this moment but obviously we’re happy to go through. “It was because we didn’t score on time – we had some chances and we didn’t use them. In training, we are working...
Chelsea Set To Sign Kovacic Permanently For £40m Despite Transfer Ban
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Chelsea Set To Sign Kovacic Permanently For £40m Despite Transfer Ban

Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic for £40m despite being under a two-window transfer ban. Kovacic spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge, so Chelsea have already registered him. It means, providing the deal is done before the loan expires on 30 June, it would not require another registration. Therefore, that would not contravene Fifa's transfer ban on Chelsea, which runs until the end of January 2020. The suspension, which followed an investigation by world football's governing body into the Stamford Bridge club's signing of foreign under-18 players, is currently the subject of an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Chelsea have not asked for the ban to be lifted until the appeal is heard. Kovacic made 32 ...
“Am Here To Be The Best Player” – Eden Hazard Speaks After Unveil
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“Am Here To Be The Best Player” – Eden Hazard Speaks After Unveil

After being unveiled to over 50,000 Real Madrid Fans, Eden Hazard has made it clear his desire to win the Ballon D'Or award. The 28-year-old had drawn a crowd for his presentation bigger than three of Real Madrid's league games last season. He said: "Everything began last year after the World Cup but I continued one year more (at Chelsea) and I think that worked out well both on a personal level and for the club because we won theEuropa League. "I never doubted that I would end up playing for Real Madrid. I will try to be become the best player in the world. But before that I will try to make Madrid the best team in the world." "No I'm not a Galactico, not yet. I can still improve," he added. He was presented without a shirt number and joked: "I've been lucky because I h...
Hazard Reveals What Modric Told him About no 10 shirt
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Hazard Reveals What Modric Told him About no 10 shirt

Belgium captain, Eden Hazard, has identified Chelsea star, Mateo Kovacic, as the player that helped him get his Real Madrid shirt. He also revealed that Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, refused to give him his Los Blancos’ number 10 shirt after he asked the Croatian international for it. Hazard said he spoke to Modric through the assistance of Kovacic, who is on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid. The 28-year-old stated this on Thursday after he was unveiled as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The forward completed his £88.5million move to Zinedine Zidane’s side from Chelsea a few days ago. Modric is the current owner of the number 10 shirt in the Real Madrid dressing room, and despite asking Kovacic for help, Hazard will have to wear a different ...
Real Madrid to Sell 11 Players this Summer
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Real Madrid to Sell 11 Players this Summer

Real Madrid could sell as many as 11 players this summer to fund a squad overhaul. According to Marca, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, is set to bolster his squad ahead of next season and could let up to 11 players leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer’s transfer window. Former Tottenham Hotspur star, Gareth Bale, tops the list. Bale has been told that he will be frozen out of the Zidane’s first team, should he not be able to find a new club this summer. The other 10 players include: Isco, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Keylor Navas, Dani Ceballos, Mariano Diaz, Raul De Tomas, Borja Mayoral, Zidane’s son, Luca and Theo Hernandez. Real Madrid were dumped out of the Champions League in the round of 16 by Ajax. The Los Blancos have struggled in the La Liga this se...
Chelsea Star Finally Reaches Summer Transfer Conclusion
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Chelsea Star Finally Reaches Summer Transfer Conclusion

  Chelsea star, Mateo Kovacic has finally decided not to leave the club this summer transfer window. Kovacic joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid last year. The midfielder has already been told that he will not be in Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane’s plans next season. However, Goal reports that Kovacic has now decided to remain at Stamford Bridge after the end of the season than returning to his parent club, Real Madrid. The 24-year-old has since established himself as a key member in Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI this campaign. The Croatian international has featured for Chelsea in over 40 matches in all competitions this season, helping the Blues progress to the Europa League quarter-finals, where they will tackle Sla...
Sarri Names One Player He Regrets Not Signing For Chelsea
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Sarri Names One Player He Regrets Not Signing For Chelsea

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has regretted the club’s failure to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus. Higuain enjoyed one of the prolific spells of his career under Sarri’s management at Napoli. The Argentine international was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer but ultimately signed for AC Milan on loan from Juventus. Sarri conceded he would have relished the opportunity to work with Higuain again. Asked about Chelsea’s summer dealings, he told Sky Sports, “Higuain? It’s a little regret but in the end everyone after the market has a few little regrets.” Speaking on Chelsea’s new goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Sarri added, “Fundamentally, the club was very open, we signed a great goalkeeper to replace another great one. “I thought it right not to hol...
Chelsea Signs Croatian Midfielder Mateo Kovacic On Loan From Real Madrid
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Chelsea Signs Croatian Midfielder Mateo Kovacic On Loan From Real Madrid

Chelsea has completed the signing of Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old moves to London as part of the deal that saw goal stopper Thibaut Courtois move in the opposite direction for £35million. The Croatian international who signed for Los Blancos in 2015, failed to establish himself as a regular starter following his move from Inter Milan. Kovacic told the club's official website: 'I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. 'I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.'
Real Madrid Offer Mateo Kovacic To Chelsea To Help Smooth Thibaut Courtois Sale
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Real Madrid Offer Mateo Kovacic To Chelsea To Help Smooth Thibaut Courtois Sale

Real Madrid has offered to loan Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea in order to persuade them to sell Thibaut Courtois, according to Sky sources. Kovacic has struggled to secure a regular first-team place at Madrid since joining from Inter Milan in 2015, and has been told he can leave the Bernabeu this summer. Madrid is prepared to allow the 24-year-old midfielder to join Chelsea on a season-long loan in an effort to persuade the Blues to sell Courtois. Madrid are keen to sign the Belgium international, who has failed to return for pre-season training at Chelsea amid the speculation surrounding his future. Courtois was due for talks with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri on Monday but failed to report for training. Sky Sports News understands Chelsea will not allow Courtois to leave this summe...
Argentina Will Fall Again – Iwobi
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Argentina Will Fall Again – Iwobi

Nigeria and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, is looking forward to Super Eagles repeating the sensational defeat of South America power-house, Argentina, when both countries meet in their group stage game of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Last November in Krasnodar, Russia, the three-time African champions pulled a stunning 4-2 defeat of Argentina in an international friendly. Iwobi, 21, who scored a brace in that game, similarly got the winning goal that qualified Nigeria for the World Cup against Zambia in Uyo last October. Although Nigeria’s victory was attributed to the absence of Argentina’s inspirational forward, Lionel Messi, Iwobi told BBC yesterday that Eagles are capable of an encore in summer. “Argentina were missing their star man (Lionel) Messi, but we were also missing s...
Real Madrid: Varane In Fitness Race For Las Palmas Game
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Real Madrid: Varane In Fitness Race For Las Palmas Game

Real Madrid returned to training on Thursday after suffering a first group stage loss in five years in the Champions League against Spurs at Wembley to begin preparations for the visit of Las Palmas to the Bernabéu on Sunday evening. According to the club’s website, those players who started the match against Tottenham were handed a light session with youth team players Moha, Darío and Sergio Arribas joining the senior squad. Varane back in training The players were put through their paces with ball work, mini-games and drills involving pressing and crosses. Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic, Dani Carvajal, Luca Zidane and Keylor Navas all continued their various recovery programmes while Raphael Varane returned to the Valdebebas training pitches as he seeks to recover from a hamstring problem...
Croatia Make Carlo Ancelotti Offer
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Croatia Make Carlo Ancelotti Offer

The former Milan and Juventus Coach is currently unemployed, having been sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of last month. Despite his presence at Stamford Bridge last night, Carletto isn’t looking to get back into a club job until the summer, as he doesn’t want to take over a season already in progress. Ancelotti has also said he feels it’s too soon to take the Italy job, but this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting an offer from the Croatian federation. The proposal is that the Champions League winner would take charge of the team for the 2018 World Cup only, before returning to club football. Croatia must negotiate a play-off against Greece to reach Russia, and will be led by Zlatko Dalic for those two games. Should Dalic make it to the World Cup, there are some who would w...
Zidane Regains Real Madrid’s Spine For Real Betis Match
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Zidane Regains Real Madrid’s Spine For Real Betis Match

With the German training on Tuesday morning for the second day in a row, he could join Ronaldo and Marcelo in the squad now that their respective suspensions have come to an end. Indeed, the left-back slot is set to open itself up for Wednesday night as Theo Hernandez hurt his shoulder at Estadio Anoeta, and he missed training the day before the Betis clash along with Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Jesus Vallejo. Vallejo has received a fresh knock having been absent for the season so far while Kovacic has a longer road to recovery ahead of him. That could open up a bench spot for Alvaro Tejero, who trained with the first team on Tuesday as rondos and speed exercises were the order of the day.
Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad
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Toni Kroos Misses Training Ahead Of Madrid’s Trip To Real Sociedad

Zidane was with just 19 players for the session, with a number of players set to miss the trip to San Sebastian. Kroos played against APOEL in midweek in the Champions League but is now a major doubt for the game at Anoeta. Madrid are also without Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic (both injured) and Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo (both suspended) for the match. Meanwhile, defender Jesus Vallejo also missed training, but Marco Asensio did train as normal after missing the APOEL game.
Real Madrid Coach Zidane Has Only Rotated When Forced To
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Real Madrid Coach Zidane Has Only Rotated When Forced To

He became famous for resting his star players as Los Blancos won a league and cup double last year, but he's only failed to play his preferred starting XI has been when these players were injured or suspended.As such, just 15 players have started a game so far this season, compared to the 20 players who had started a game after the first five fixtures of the 2016/17 campaign.In defence, for example, Nacho only played when covering for Raphael Varane against Deportivo La Coruna, with the Frenchman having started the campaign with injury niggles, and when standing in for the suspended Sergio Ramos against Valencia.Then Dani Carvajal and Marcelo have played all 450 minutes so far, which is telling.Looking at the midfield, Mateo Kovacic was only given a chance when Luka Modric was suspended fo...
Barca Seek Super Cup Tonic To Neymar Hangover
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Barca Seek Super Cup Tonic To Neymar Hangover

Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Spanish football season’s opening act in the Super Cup, first leg on Sunday (2000GMT) needing to dispel doubts they have fallen further behind their rivals following Neymar’s departure. The Brazilian’s world record 222 million euro ($261 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain just days before the start of the campaign deprives a Barca side that missed out to Madrid for the Spanish title for the first time in five years last season one of their most dangerous weapons. Barca’s immediate attempts to find a replacement in Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund have so far fallen short. New Barca coach Ernesto Valverde therefore has a tactical conundrum on his Camp Nou bow to fill the void alongside Lionel Messi and Luis S...
The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid
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The Most Expensive Release Clauses At Barcelona And Real Madrid

Neymar's €222 million (£198m) release clause was supposed to be prohibitive, but PSG have paid it. And that begs the question: who else might be ripe for a mega transfer? Spanish clubs are really the only ones who deal in release clauses at such a high level, so what are the top players of Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly available for? Note: None of these amounts are officially revealed by the clubs and are based on reports. BARCELONA Source: Sport The superstars Lionel Messi - €300m Luis Suarez - €200m Gerard Pique - €200m Sergio Busquets - €200m Andres Iniesta - €200m Worth a bid Marc-Andre Ter Stegen - €200m Rafinha Alcantara - €75m Samuel Umtiti - €60m Lucas Digne - €60m Sergi Roberto - €40m Gerard Deulofeu - €35m Too much money Jordi Alba - ...