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Lampard backs Havertz to overcome early Chelsea struggles like De Bruyne and Salah
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Lampard backs Havertz to overcome early Chelsea struggles like De Bruyne and Salah

The 21-year-old has not impacted English football as many would expect but his manager says that is not down to a lack of desire Frank Lampard has defended Kai Havertz over criticism that he looked like he was 'not bothered' during Chelsea's recent 2-0 defeat to Leicester City. Former Chelsea, Leicester City and Germany defender Robert Huth criticised Havertz's performance and body language in the match at the King Power Stadium. Indeed, Lampard did haul off the £70 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in the 67th minute but little changed after his withdrawal. Ahead of an FA Cup clash with Luton, Lampard has hit out at critics of Havertz's work rate. "I can officially say from working with Kai that desire is absolutely not part of the issue. Is he as confident right now, at t...
Sevilla in talks for €15m Atalanta outcast Gomez but face competition for signing
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Sevilla in talks for €15m Atalanta outcast Gomez but face competition for signing

The 32-year-old is set to leave Serie A after falling out with manager Gian Piero Gasperini, but plenty of clubs are thought to be interested in him Sevilla want to sign Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez from Atalanta, sources have confirmed to Goal, but they face a struggle to get a deal done with plenty of competition for his signature. The Argentine has scored 50 Serie A goals in 209 appearances since joining Atalanta in 2014, but is set to leave the club after falling out with manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Gomez has not played since mid-December after an argument during a Champions League group stage match with Midtjylland, and has trained separately to the rest of the squad.
Copa de Ray: Barcelona’s Squad to Face Cornella Confirmed
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Copa de Ray: Barcelona’s Squad to Face Cornella Confirmed

Barcelona’s squad to face Cornella in tonight’s Spanish Super Cup final has been released. Barcelona manager, RonaldKoeman, has called up 20 players to tackle Cornella at Camp Municipal de Cornella. Barcelona head to the game after losing 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final last Sunday. Barcelona’s squad against Cornella:   Marc-André ter Stegen, Neto, Ronald Araujo, Sergio, Antoine Griezmann, Miralem Pjanic, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Clément Lenglet, Pedri, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Francisco Trincão, Matheus Fernandes, Ilaix Moriba, O. Mingueza, Collardo, Arnau Tenas and Konrad De La Fuente. The kick-off time for Cornella vs Barcelona is 9 pm.
Porto left-back Sanusi makes Champions League Team of the Week
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Porto left-back Sanusi makes Champions League Team of the Week

The Nigeria international joins makes his debut in the star-studded squad after an impressive performance in Marseille on Wednesday Porto defender Zaidu Sanusi has been named in the Uefa Champions League Team of the Week after grabbing a goal against Marseille on Wednesday. The Nigerian left-back broke the deadlock for the Portuguese giants with his maiden strike for the club, just before half-time at the Orange Velodrome. Sanusi joins Barcelona's Sergino Dest in the defence alongside Atalanta's Ruben Gosens and Borussia Monchengladbach duo of Nico Elvedi and Oscar Wendt.
Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev
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Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev

Barcelona have left Lionel Messi out of their 19-man squad to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Argentine played the full 90 minutes of Barca's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but was not included in the list of players who will travel to the Ukraine for the Group G match. Manager Ronald Koeman advised he has decided to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in La Liga. The club cannot afford another injury after Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto joined Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti in the long-term absentee list. The superstar forward is due a rest after missing just 45 minutes of action in total for Barca this season and played all of bo...
Sierra Leone Coach Keister Unveils 23-man Squad For Double-Header Vs Nigeria
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Sierra Leone Coach Keister Unveils 23-man Squad For Double-Header Vs Nigeria

Sierra Leone head coach John Keister has named 23 players for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Eight home-based players made the list, while the rest are foreign-based professionals. Captain Umar Bangura, who was initially left of the squad made the list alongside key stars; Kei Kamara, Augustine Williams, Mustapha Bundu and Osman Kakay. The Leone Stars are expected to travel to Nigeria on Wednesday for the game. Keister’s side will face the Super Eagles at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Friday. The reverse fixture will take place next week Tuesday at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown. The Leone Stars occupy last position in Group L with one point from two games. GOALKEEPERS MOHAMED N. KAMA...
‘More complicated with Emery and Arteta’ – ‘Maestro’ Ozil backed by ex-Arsenal captain Koscielny
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‘More complicated with Emery and Arteta’ – ‘Maestro’ Ozil backed by ex-Arsenal captain Koscielny

The former Germany international has been given support by a former team-mate who played alongside him under the Arsene Wenger era at Emirates Stadium Estranged Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been defended by former Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny. The former Germany international playmaker is presently out of the picture at the Emirates Stadium, having been left out of the Premier League squad and the Europa League squad by manager Mikel Arteta. He has been involved in a very public battle with the club, notably offering to pay the wages of sacked mascot Gunnersaurus having refused to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus crisis. As the club’s highest earner, his case has been regularly debated in the media, and Koscielny has backed his former colleague.
‘Loyalty Is Hard To Come By’ – Mesut Ozil Reacts To Arsenal PL Squad Snub
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‘Loyalty Is Hard To Come By’ – Mesut Ozil Reacts To Arsenal PL Squad Snub

The ex-Germany international has promised to keep fighting for a place in Mikel Arteta's team despite being left out of his manager's top-flight plans, Mesut Ozil has reacted after being axed from Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad, claiming "loyalty is hard to come by". Mikel Arteta left the German out of his official squad for the 2020-21 top-flight season on Tuesday, having kept him on the sidelines since the Gunners' return to action post-lockdown back in June. That decision has proven to be the last straw for the midfielder, who has posted a message to his followers on social media outlining his disappointment. *"This is a difficult message to write to the Arsenal fans that I've played for over the past few years. I'm really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have...
Chelsea Name Petr Cech In Premier League Squad
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Chelsea Name Petr Cech In Premier League Squad

Cech, 38, is currently Chelsea's technical and performance advisor but takes role as non-contract player; Cech formally retired from playing in May 2019 following Arsenal's Europa League final defeat to Chelsea Petr Cech has been named in Chelsea's Premier League squad as a non-contract player Chelsea have named retired goalkeeper Petr Cech in their Premier League squad as emergency cover. The surprise inclusion of the 38-year-old, who now works as the club's technical and performance advisor, has been described by Chelsea as "a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the Covid-19 crisis". Cech formally retired from playing in May 2019 following Arsenal's Europa League final defeat to Chelsea. Chelsea's Premier League squad: Kepa Arr...
Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return
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Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return

The Blancos have omitted the skipper from their squad for their European opener at Santiago Bernabeu Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid's clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League while Eden Hazard's fitness is improving as he nears a comeback from injury. Los Blancos captain Ramos took a knock to his knee in Saturday's shock 1-0 La Liga loss to Cadiz and was absent from Tuesday's training session ahead of the club's opening European fixture of the 2020-21 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu. With the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona taking place on Saturday, head coach Zinedine Zidane said he was unlikely to risk exacerbating the issue.
Onuachu Replaces Osimhen In Super Eagles’ Squad For Algeria, Tunisia Friendlies
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Onuachu Replaces Osimhen In Super Eagles’ Squad For Algeria, Tunisia Friendlies

Genk of Belgium Paul Onuachu has been handed a late call-up for Nigeria’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia. Onuachu will take the place of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen who has been excused from the games by the Nigeria Football Federation. ”� ❗️❗️@victorosimhen9 has been excused from @NGSuperEagles’ games against Algeria and Tunisia. His replacement is Paul Onuachu. #Team9jaStrong #SoarSuperEagles ,” reads a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation. Napoli stars Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive for Covid-19 following the side’s 6-0 win against Genoa last Sunday. The entire Napoli squad, including Osimhen will self-isolate for 14 days to guide against the spread of the virus. Onuachu last featured for the Super Eagles i...
‘Thiago is a winner and joined Liverpool for titles’ – Adrian
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‘Thiago is a winner and joined Liverpool for titles’ – Adrian

The Reds goalkeeper is delighted to have a Spain international alongside him on Merseyside, with another notable transfer coup completed Thiago Alcantara is a “world-class” talent and has linked up with Liverpool in order to enhance his reputation as a “winner”, says Reds goalkeeper Adrian. Jurgen Klopp has added another match-altering talent to his ranks at Anfield. Thiago, as one of the finest manipulators of a ball in the global game, has added his considerable ability to a star-studded squad on Merseyside.
Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense in £2m deal
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Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense in £2m deal

The 17-year-old, who won the U17 World Cup with Brazil in 2019, will move to Merseyside and will link up with Barry Lewtas' under-23 side this season Liverpool will complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week,  Goal  has learned. The Reds have agreed a deal that could cost them up to £2 million ($2.6m) for the 17-year-old, who will join the club’s academy set-up initially. Pitaluga, who was part of the Brazilian under-17 squad which won their age group World Cup on home soil in 2019, is due to arrive on Merseyside to complete a medical and finalise his move. The teenager holds a German passport, which has enabled him to make the transfer prior to his 18th birthday.
Man Utd captain Maguire’s lack of apology branded ‘shocking & unsportsmanlike’ by Greek prosecutor
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Man Utd captain Maguire’s lack of apology branded ‘shocking & unsportsmanlike’ by Greek prosecutor

The Red Devils defender maintains his innocence, but questions have been raised by the prosecutor as to how local police sustained injuries Harry Maguire's refusal to apologise after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery has been branded “shocking” and “unsportsmanlike” by one of the prosecution's lawyers. The Manchester United captain, who was dropped from the England squad after the verdict, has repeatedly professed his innocence after being given a 21-month suspended prison sentence after an incident on the Greek island of Mykonos. The centre-back intends to appeal the verdict, with his club fully behind him, but prosecution lawyer Dr Ioannis Paradissis has raised questions over the injuries suffered by policemen in th...
England Announce First Squad Of 2020 For Nations League Fixtures
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England Announce First Squad Of 2020 For Nations League Fixtures

England manager Gareth Southgate has named his 24-man squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has made the squad, despite his ongoing legal trial after being arrested on the Greek island of Mykonos last week. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is also included even though he is missing the start of pre-season and quarantining. Manchester City's Raheem Sterling features after testing negative for coronavirus. The winger attended a party hosted by Usain Bolt and he will be tested again before joining up with the squad. There are call ups for Manchester United and Manchester City youngsters Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden. While Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips is a shock pick in midfield with Jack Gre...
What will Happen if Ronald Koeman Decides to Bench me – Luis Suarez
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What will Happen if Ronald Koeman Decides to Bench me – Luis Suarez

Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, has said he is ready to sit on the bench rather than leave. The club’s president, Josep Bartomeu, this week hinted that many senior players will be allowed to go. Bartomeu also listed ‘untouchable’ squad members but did not include Suarez, who has a contract until 2021. The 33-year-old has now said he is ready to fight for his Barca future. “Throughout my career, I have accepted being on the bench. I still think I have a lot to give but I wouldn’t have any problem if that were to be the case here next season. “Competition for places is healthy and if the new coach [Ronald Koeman] feels I should be a substitute, then I would have no problem with that,” Suarez told El País. Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool six years ago and is now ...
Ronald Koeman tells three Senior Barcelona Players to Leave Club
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Ronald Koeman tells three Senior Barcelona Players to Leave Club

New Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has decided that Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba will not be part of his first-team plans. Koeman will inform the three senior players that they can leave, according to AS. The 57-year-old replaced Quique Setien this week and is keen to sort out his squad ahead of preseason. Barcelona is looking to overhaul the team and president, Josep Bartomeu, has named just seven ‘untouchable’ players in the first team. They are Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, Clement Lenglet and Nelson Semedo, while big-money flops Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele will also be given another chance to turn their Camp Nou careers around. Koeman is believed to have added Gerard Pique to that list, as he views the defender as ...
New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale
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New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale

Juventus new manager, Andrea Pirlo, is reportedly ready to sell at least six players this summer transfer window, as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season, Mirror UK reports. Pirlo was appointed as Juventus new manager over the weekend following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Juventus have seen their revenue streams hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic and will have less money to spend this summer following their Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon. Pirlo has put Aaron Ramsey “among six players” he wants Juventus to sell this summer. Ramsey only moved to the Old Lady last year, but the Welsh international is not wanted by Pirlo, and he is free to find another club this summer. The former Arsenal star is now seen as surplus to requirement...
Arsenal Offer to Pay Off Ozil’s £18m Contract
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Arsenal Offer to Pay Off Ozil’s £18m Contract

Arsenal offer to pay off Ozil’s £18m contract Arsenal are ready to reach an agreement over Mesut Ozil’s £18m contract nightmare, the UK Mirror reports. The Gunners will make an offer to pay the German playmaker off or reach a deal to subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages if he joins another club. Ozil is into the last year of his deal with the club and is not ready to leave the Emirates. The 31-year-old is ready to sit out the last months of his contract, but Arsenal want to find a compromise to help free up money in their wage bill for transfer business this summer. Ozil did not play a single minute for the Gunners after football returned in June. He was also not allowed to join the rest of the squad to Wembley for the FA Cup final against Chelsea and travelled to Tur...
Tottenham Appoints new Coach to Work With Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Appoints new Coach to Work With Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur, on Thursday, announced the appointment of former player, Ledley King, as Jose Mourinho’s new first-team assistant. King will work alongside Mourinho and the rest of the club’s first-team staff. The 39-year-old will also take on the role of supporting academy players looking to make the step up. King played for the North London club for 13 years making 323 appearances. He lifted the League Cup in 2008 before a persistent knee injury forced him to retire in 2012. Mourinho, speaking about King with the club’s official website, said: “I am extremely pleased to be welcoming Ledley into the first team group as we continue our preparations for the new season. “He has a tremendous affinity with this football club and the fans appreciate just how much he ha...
Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed
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Man City vs Real Madrid: Zidane’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, has released a 24-man squad to tackle Manchester City in Friday’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg fixture at the Etihad Stadium. Zidane excluded forward, Gareth Bale in the squad to face Pep Guardiola’s men. The Frenchman announced the list in a post through the club’s official website. Zidane’s men head to the game after losing 2-1 in the first-leg encounter a few months ago. Real Madrid squad against Man City: Goalkeeper: Courtois, Areola and Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Mendy and Javi Hernández. Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jović, Asensio, Brahim, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo. The match is scheduled for 8 pm. ...
Arsenal Players Set for Showdown with Club after 55 Staff are Sacked
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Arsenal Players Set for Showdown with Club after 55 Staff are Sacked

Arsenal’s players feel ‘betrayed’ and want to hold talks with the club’s hierarchy, over the decision to propose 55 redundancies to staff, according to The Athletic. The North London club on Wednesday announced that financial struggles caused by COVID-19, will result in some of their non-playing staff being let go this month.  The playing squad and manager took a 12.5 per cent pay cut in April, to safeguard the economic future of the club. However, some of Arsenal’s first-team players are disappointed in the club, as they believed their voluntary wage cut was going to help save jobs. The Gunners’ highest-earner, Mesut Ozil who is on a £350,00-a-week contract, had refused to take the pay cut due to a lack of assurances of where the money was going. The players ...
Solskjaer Names Squad for Europa League Clash Between Man Utd and LASK
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Solskjaer Names Squad for Europa League Clash Between Man Utd and LASK

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named a 30-man squad for Wednesday’s Europa League home game against LASK. Phil Jones makes the cut, despite being sidelined since the restart. However, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe are left out after suffering long term injuries. Youth-team skipper, Teden Mengi is on the list, along with fellow defender, Ethan Laird, who has already made two appearances in the competition this season. Ethan Galbraith is one of 11 midfielders in the squad. Solskjaer’s men are almost certain to qualify for the quarter-finals, going into the game with a 5-0 lead from the first leg. FULL SQUAD Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop. Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Phil Jones, Etha...
Arteta Gives Update on Ozil’s Future After 2-1 Defeat at Tottenham
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Arteta Gives Update on Ozil’s Future After 2-1 Defeat at Tottenham

Mesut Ozil’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain, after he was again missing in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Ozil, who has one year left on his deal, had initially been a key man during Arteta’s first months at the Emirates. But since the COVID-19 lockdown and the return to Premier League action last month, the German playmaker has been frozen out. Ozil failed to make the squad for the trip to Manchester City, before being left on the bench at both Brighton and Southampton. He has since been completely absent for five successive games, including the FA Cup quarter-final win at Sheffield United. Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Jose Mourinho’s men this weekend, he was once more asked about Ozil’s situation. “He’s...
French paedophile who faced death by firing squad kills himself in prison after being accused of molesting 300 children in Indonesia
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French paedophile who faced death by firing squad kills himself in prison after being accused of molesting 300 children in Indonesia

A French paedophile who faced death by firing squad in Indonesia has killed himself in prison after being accused of molesting more than 300 children and beating those who refused to have sex with him. 65-year-old Francois Camille Abello was found last Thursday unresponsive inside his cell at a detention centre in Jakarta, said police spokesman Yusri Yunus. 'After three days of treatment, he was pronounced dead,' Yunus told reporters on Monday. An official at National Police Hospital in Jakarta said doctors reported that the French retiree had a 'neck fracture, and the injury blocked the supply of oxygen.'   The pensioner who entered Indonesia on a tourist visa several times over the past five years, was arrested last month in a hotel in Jakarta with two underag...
Mourinho Gives Reason Next Season will be Different For Tottenham
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Mourinho Gives Reason Next Season will be Different For Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that next season would be different for his team because Spurs are going to make some changes in their squad. The Portuguese also explained that Tottenham’s next season would not be so full of negative episodes like the current 2019/20 campaign because he would start working from day one. Mourinho said this following Tottenham’s Premier League 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Sunday. Mourinho’s men defeated the Gunners at home, thanks to two goals from Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld. Alexandre Lacazette did score for Mikel Arteta’s side. Speaking after the game, Mourinho told Football London: “Next season is going to be different from this one. “[I am optimistic] because I start working from day one, be...
‘He wasn’t my first option’ – Spurs boss Mourinho delighted with Bergwijn after initially not wanting to sign winger
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‘He wasn’t my first option’ – Spurs boss Mourinho delighted with Bergwijn after initially not wanting to sign winger

The Dutchman scored his third Tottenham goal on Friday and his manager is pleased to have the forward in his squad Jose Mourinho admits Steven Bergwijn was not his first-choice option in the January window but is delighted with the winger's impact since joining Tottenham. The Netherlands international opened the scoring in Friday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United to make it three goals in eight appearances for the London side. Bergwijn has added an extra dimension to Spurs' attack and Mourinho is pleased the club pushed ahead with the signing, even if the left-sided attacker was not his primary target.
Lampard Reveals why he Benched Tammy Abraham for 2-1 Win at Aston Villa
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Lampard Reveals why he Benched Tammy Abraham for 2-1 Win at Aston Villa

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has said he left Tammy Abraham on the bench for their 2-1 win at Aston Villa because he is trying to manage his squad efficiently. Abraham and Christian Pulisic were substituted for the Blues’ first game back after the COVID-19 break. Lampard opted to start with Willian and Olivier Giroud in attack, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also made a return from his long-term injury. “It’s very important to let the players know that this is more than ever a squad game over this period. “Certainly nobody should get their head down at not starting. We’re going to have to make subs and we’re going to need impact off the bench,” Lampard told Sky Sports. Pulisic and Giroud scored for Chelsea, as they fought back from a goal down to...
Zidane Releases Real Madrid Squad to Face Real Sociedad
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Zidane Releases Real Madrid Squad to Face Real Sociedad

Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has released a 23-man squad to tackle Real Sociedad in tonight’s La Liga fixture at the Reale Arena Stadium. Zidane announced the list in a post via the club’s official website on Saturday night. Zidane’s men head to the game following a 3-0 victory against Valencia in their last La Liga encounter on Thursday. Real Madrid squad against Sociedad: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola, Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Mendy, Javi Hernández. Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Asensio, Brahim, Mariano, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo. The kick-off for the match is 9 pm, Nigerian time.
What Lampard Told Tammy Abraham after Werner Signing
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What Lampard Told Tammy Abraham after Werner Signing

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has revealed that he spoke with Tammy Abraham, since the club spent £53million on Timo Werner. Wernet becomes the club’s second summer signing, following the £43m spent on Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Lampard has warned the young stars at the club to continue to improve and also get used to competition within the squad. “I don’t feel the need to have addressed every player if a player comes in who might contest their position at a club like Chelsea. Because that’s what it’s about. “Tammy has had a very good season for us this season. He has to sustain and improve on that because at Chelsea we have demands. I’m happy to have options and we have options in forward areas. We must have competition for places,” Lampard told a Zoom press conference on ...
Barcelona prepared to sell Sassuolo target Sergio Akieme this summer
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Barcelona prepared to sell Sassuolo target Sergio Akieme this summer

Barcelona are prepared to sell Sergio Akieme this summer. Barça want to sell the youngster for €3m. Serie A side Sassuolo, as well as a team from the MLS, are interested in adding to the left-back to their ranks. Akieme is under contract until 2021 but turns 23 in December, forcing the club to give him a spot in the first-team squad. At the moment, that isn't something the club is considering. Barça B are involved in the Play-Offs to see if they'll earn promotion to Segunda A or remain in Segunda B. Yet it appears those matches could be the last Akieme plays for the club
Nketiah can help Arsenal move to the next level – Arteta
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Nketiah can help Arsenal move to the next level – Arteta

The Gunners boss is "convinced" that the England U21 international has a key role to play in his squad going forward Eddie Nketiah can help Arsenal move to "the next level", according to Mikel Arteta, who has been impressed with the striker during the first few months of his tenure at Emirates Stadium. Nketiah rose through the youth ranks at Arsenal before graduating to the senior squad in 2017, but was made to wait for his breakthrough after a string of cameo appearances. The 21-year-old notched his first Premier League goal on the final day of the 2018-19 campaign against Burnley, and went onto enjoy a strong summer under Unai Emery.
Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba
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Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba

The former Red Devils goalkeeper still believes the World Cup winner has an "integral" role to play in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad Paul Pogba is "one of the best players in the world" and "near impossible to replace", according to Mark Bosnich, who has urged Manchester United to keep hold of the French midfielder. Pogba returned to United for a second spell from Juventus in an £89 million (£112m) deal back in 2016, becoming the most expensive signing in the club's history in the process. He has since racked up 143 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 31 goals, while also getting his hands on the Europa League and Carabao Cup. However, the 27-year-old has so far been unable to inspire United towards Premier League or Champions League success, amid persistent struggles for f...
Tottenham Release Statement on Calling Off Man Utd Clash
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Tottenham Release Statement on Calling Off Man Utd Clash

Tottenham Hotspur have released a statement insisting that preparations for Friday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United will continue, despite their meeting with a Norwich City player who has tested positive for COVID-19. Spurs lost 2-1 to the Canaries in a behind-closed-doors friendly match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However a player from the visiting team, was confirmed as one of two to test positive for Coronavirus, when the latest batch of testing results were released on Saturday. With the player now set to isolate for seven days, it has led some to speculation that Spurs players would also have to isolate under the track and trace guidelines. However Spurs say that isn’t the case, as their squad weren’t in close contact with the Norwich player. ...
Chelsea Put up Four Players for Sale
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Chelsea Put up Four Players for Sale

'Chelsea is ready to sell at least four players this summer, as it looks to oversee a huge squad overhaul ahead of next season. According to The Times, Chelsea wants to raise funds by offloading some of its defenders, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen this summer. Frank Lampard’s side is keen to sign Leicester City left-back, Ben Chilwell this summer’s transfer window. Chilwell has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Meanwhile, former Chelsea defender, Ashley Cole, has since advised the club to prioritise a move for Chilwell this summer. “I would love to see Chilwell here,” Cole told talkSPORT. I think he’s a quality player. “I have heard he’s a Chelsea fan so yes I would like to see hi...
Trabzonspor great Celik: Chelsea willing to pay Cakir fee
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Trabzonspor great Celik: Chelsea willing to pay Cakir fee

Chelsea are in talks with Trabzonpor for Ugurcan Cakir. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has doubts about Kepa Arrizabalaga and Cakir, reports Fanatik, is being lined up his replacement. Cakir, 24, has also been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham this season. On the interest, he stated: "I go to one side every day. It is nice to be remembered and followed by great teams, but I have goals in Trabzonspor and I want to achieve these goals." However, Trabzonspor legend Lemi Celik has revealed Cakir is now a step away from joining Chelsea. "Ugurcan Cakir wants Chelsea," he said. "Chelsea will decide to pay the fee Trabzonspor wants. Chelsea are the most enthusiastic team about the transfer of Ugurcan Cakır at the moment. "Ugurcan is good enough to play for Chelsea because he is ...
7 Players Lampard wants to Leave Chelsea Revealed
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7 Players Lampard wants to Leave Chelsea Revealed

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, is reportedly ready to sell seven (7) players, to help fund a summer rebuild, according to Mirror UK. The players are Pedro, Willian, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Kurt Zouma, Ross Barkley, and Michy Batshuayi. Chelsea are keen to fund a move for RB Leipzig striker, Timo Werner transfer and two more signings this summer’s transfer window. The Blues are already favourite to land Werner at the end of the season. The West London club is also interested in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, and Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga as Lampard looks to strengthen his squad ahead of next season. However, Pedro is keen to leave Stamford Bridge. AS Roma are in pole position to sign the former Barcelona winger. Willian is also set to part company...
Paul Scholes Reveals what Ighalo has Added to Man Utd Squad
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Paul Scholes Reveals what Ighalo has Added to Man Utd Squad

Former Manchester United midfield maestro, Paul Scholes, has revealed that striker, Odion Ighalo has added a ‘target man’ to the Red Devils squad. According to Scholes, Ighalo gives Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a unique center-forward presence in his squad, which the club has been lacking for some time. Man United and Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua reached an agreement to extend Ighalo’s second loan contract until January 2021 last week. But Scholes said he has been pleasantly surprised by the impact the 30-year-old Nigerian striker has made at the Old Trafford so far. “You have to say Solskjaer’s three or four signings have been excellent,” Scholes told MUTV. “I was a little bit dubious about the Ighalo one, I was not quite...
Saka Set to Sign New Arsenal Deal
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Saka Set to Sign New Arsenal Deal

Arsenal youngster, Bukayo Saka, is set to sign an improved contract with the club, The Athletic reports. Saka will be offered a significant pay rise, despite the Gunners agreeing pay cuts with the squad amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Both parties have already settled on a 12.5 per cent cut due to lost revenue. However, Saka will earn much more than his current £5,000-a-week salary, when the new deal is signed. The 18-year-old winger has enjoyed an impressive breakout season at the Emirates this season despite playing at left-back. His current contract was set to expire in June 2021 and he is already attracting interest from Liverpool and other clubs on the continent.
Ex-footballer Flavio Donizete Reveals 13-year Battle with Drug Addiction
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Ex-footballer Flavio Donizete Reveals 13-year Battle with Drug Addiction

Former Brazilian club, Sao Paulo defender Flavio Donizete, has revealed how his addiction to cocaine made him sell his most prized asset as a footballer just so he could feed his drug habit. Donizete, who came through the youth system at Sao Paolo, played a bit part in 2005 as Sao Paulo lifted the Paulista State Championship and the Copa Libertadores before crowning their achievement with victory over Liverpool in the Club World Cup.   The centre-back won a gold medal for being part of the squad that defeated Liverpool even though he had no playing time on the pitch and has now revealed that he sold the medal to feed a cocaine addiction that ruined what was one a promising career. "I sold it to buy drugs. I sold it for 7,000 reais (around £2,875/$3,500)," he explai...
Chelsea goalkeeper Caballero: Contract extension a ‘blessing and privilege’
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Chelsea goalkeeper Caballero: Contract extension a ‘blessing and privilege’

The 38-year-old has had to settle for a place on the bench at Stamford Bridge, but coach Frank Lampard sees him as an "invaluable" part of the squad Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero says he feels “blessed” after the club activated their option to extend his contract. The 38-year-old’s deal was set to expire this summer but the Blues confirmed on Wednesday that he will remain at Stamford Bridge until summer 2021, having reached an agreement last month. Argentina international Caballero joined the Premier League outfit in a free transfer from Manchester City in 2017 and has gone on to make 31 appearances.
Newcastle boss Bruce will respect decision if players refuse to play due to coronavirus concerns
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Newcastle boss Bruce will respect decision if players refuse to play due to coronavirus concerns

The Magpies manager has promised not to force any of his squad to take to the field if they do not feel comfortable Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has insisted that he will respect any player's decision to refuse to play due to coronavirus concerns when – and indeed if – Premier League football resumes. Several players, such as Willian, Sergio Aguero, Troy Deeney and Danny Rose, have spoken out and expressed a reluctance to be forced back into action prematurely. And Bruce, along with Watford manager Nigel Pearson, is understanding of his charges' concerns as Newcastle players begin to return to training in a limited capacity.
Reece James picks favoured Chelsea position after seeing Lampard embrace his versatility
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Reece James picks favoured Chelsea position after seeing Lampard embrace his versatility

The 20-year-old is capable of operating at full-back or in midfield, with the Blues looking to make the most of the qualities he adds to their squad Reece James acknowledges that his versatility has helped him to make a senior breakthrough at Chelsea, but the 20-year-old is looking to nail down a regular role at right-back. Frank Lampard has opened the door for a number of academy graduates at Stamford Bridge in the 2019-20 campaign. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all seen regular game time for the Blues, while earning international recognition with England.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer braced for ‘new world’ in transfer market due to coronavirus
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Man Utd boss Solskjaer braced for ‘new world’ in transfer market due to coronavirus

The Norwegian has admitted that there will be plenty of uncertainty whenever the window is able to re-open Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted the upcoming transfer window will be a "new world" due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As clubs all over Europe brace for major financial losses due to playing games without fans and, in some cases, having seasons cancelled altogether, the summer transfer market is shaping up to be far different than in years past. Major spending is likely to be curtailed while free agent signings and swap deals are expected to gain prominence as clubs look to cheaply improve their squads.
Ighalo Names Three Man Utd Players he would Have Loved to Play With
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Ighalo Names Three Man Utd Players he would Have Loved to Play With

Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has picked three club legends he would have loved to line up alongside. The 30-year-old, who is on loan at Old Trafford, made his selections from the squad that won the Treble in the 1998/1999 season. A boyhood United fan, Ighalo was a child when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side lifted the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League. “If you have Ryan Giggs from the left, David Beckham from the right and Paul Scholes in the middle, then what else does a striker need? “When you see Beckham cross the ball, all you have to do is move your leg or your head and tap it in,” Ighalo told United’s official website. The Treble-winning squad also included current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who brought Ighalo in...
‘I hated football’ – Ozil & Neuer’s former international team-mate admits playing Bundesliga games on drugs
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‘I hated football’ – Ozil & Neuer’s former international team-mate admits playing Bundesliga games on drugs

Chinedu Ede has retired from football to pursue a career in music, and has admitted to still being under the residual effects of drugs while playing A former international team-mate of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels has admitted he used to play in the Bundesliga while under the residual effects of drugs. Chinedu Ede was a member of Germany’s victorious 2009 Under-21 European Championship squad, and played in the German top flight for Mainz and Hertha Berlin among other clubs. Now 33, he retired from the game last year and is now pursuing a career in music.
Ancelotti’s calmness helping Everton players through coronavirus lockdown, says Mina
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Ancelotti’s calmness helping Everton players through coronavirus lockdown, says Mina

The former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich manager is an experienced man manager and is proving to be a helpful presence for his squad Carlo Ancelotti’s calm nature is helping Everton’s players through coronavirus lockdown, according to defender Yerry Mina. The squad have been keeping regular contact with both Ancelotti and his son, assistant manager Davide, while they have been kept apart during the crisis. With the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ set to face scrutiny in the coming days, the Toffees could soon be back at their Finch Farm training base, with Mina eager to continue his education under the experienced Italian.
Chelsea ask players including Pulisic, Willian and Emerson to return to the UK ahead of possible Premier League restart
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Chelsea ask players including Pulisic, Willian and Emerson to return to the UK ahead of possible Premier League restart

The Blues trio are among stars overseas who will need to come back as targets are set for squads in England to return to training Chelsea have asked their players to return to the United Kingdom by May 3 with the Premier League stepping up plans to complete the season from June 8. Christian Pulisic is currently in his hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania in the United States, and he is among a group who will need to return by Sunday which also includes Willian and Emerson, who are both in Brazil. It is understood that Chelsea will be flexible with any player who suffer travel disruptions due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Too many selfie requests and player pressure – Why Arsenal are returning to their training ground and how it will work
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Too many selfie requests and player pressure – Why Arsenal are returning to their training ground and how it will work

The Gunners will open up their training base to Mikel Arteta's squad from Monday - but with strict guidelines in place It has been nearly seven weeks since an Arsenal player set foot inside the club’s London Colney training ground. The last session they had was on Tuesday, March 10; the following day they were scheduled to take on Manchester City at the Etihad in the Premier League. Later that evening it was announced that the match had been postponed due to several Arsenal players having previously come into contact with the Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who revealed he had contracted coronavirus. His side had earlier knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal’s players were then given the next two days off. On the Thursday night, just befo...
Chelsea loanee Chalobah hopeful he can make first team step-up
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Chelsea loanee Chalobah hopeful he can make first team step-up

The 20-year-old midfielder is hungry to follow in the footsteps of academy graduates Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah is hoping he can be the next young player to make a big impact on Frank Lampard’s thoughts with regards the first team. The 20-year-old has spent the last season on loan at Huddersfield and has seen many of his fellow academy products thrive under the former England midfielder. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori have all played major roles for the Blues this season, while Billy Gilmour is the latest youngster to have made an impact in the senior squad.