Ancelotti Not Bothered By Robben’s Tantrum

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Arjen Robben didn’t look too happy to be brought off in the 1-0 win against Borussia Mochengladbach and Carlo Ancelotti is not really worried about his reaction.

The winger looked frustrated after he was ignored by Lewandowski during a Bayern attack and stomped past Ancelotti after he was replaced by Renato Sanches.

His actions drew some laughter from the guys on the bench, with Alonso, Ribery and Boateng appearing to jokingly mock Robben.

“I was never happy when I got substituted either when I still played,” Ancelotti stressed.

“I do not have any problem with his reaction.”

Thomas Muller’s second-half strike helped Bayern to a narrow win that sends them 13 points clear of RB Leipzig at the top and Ancelotti was satisfied with his side’s efforts.

“We put in a good performance in the opening 45 minutes and created plenty of chances,” he added.

“I was happy with our performance, but things were more complicated after the break. Borussia improved and threatened on the break a few times.

“I did not expect that after their Europa League game on Thursday.”

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Allegri: Dybala’s Injury Not Too Serious

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Massimilliano Allegri has calmed the fears of Argentina and Juventus fans over the injury sustained by Paulo Dybala.

The Argentina international went down in the 28th minute in the match against Sampdoria and was replaced by Pjaca.

However, Allegri says Dybala will be fit enough to represent Argentina against Chile and Bolivia, despite missing the bulk of the 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

Allegri told Sky: “[Dybala] had a tight thigh muscle a few days ago and this was a little problem in the game, but it is nothing serious.

“We will see how he is when he returns.”

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Sampaoli Gives Up On La Liga Title

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Sevilla lost 3-1 to Atletico Madrid and Jorge Sampaoli believes the loss has ruled them out of the race for the title.

Sevilla could not close the eight point gap Madrid hold over them and with a game in hand, it could grow to 11. Sevilla are also just two points ahead of Atletico Madrid.

Sampaoli is reeling from UCL exit at the hands of Leicester and the loss to Atletico is a hard one to take, as he feels they must fend off the capital club to get the last European qualifying spot.

“It is the first defeat after nine [sic, seven] games and logically the chance of winning LaLiga is moving away,” he told a post-match media conference.

“Now we have to look at the possibility of qualifying automatically for the Champions League.

“It is normal that when you do not get what you want – a win – there is frustration and bitterness [in the dressing room].

“We have taken a very hard blow and we must try to find the solutions and the authentic Sevilla.”

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BREAKING: Police Detains Peace Corps Commandant, Dickson Akoh

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The Nigeria Police has detained the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh, Daily Post reports.

According to the online newspaper, Akoh decided to submit himself at the FCT Command of the Nigeria police, after been told that the police were looking for him.

It is understood that he had just arrived Abuja from where he has been receiving traditional treatment for ulcer and pile.

READ ALSO: DSS Arrests Peace Corps Commandant, Dickson Akoh, 40 Other Members

Also, sources at the Commandant headquarters were quoted to have said that Akoh arrived at about 5.40pm, where he had a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of CID, officer in charge of the SARS and DC of SARS.

Akoh, it was learnt, is being currently detained at the headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja, with no specific reason given for his recent arrest.

Details later..

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Guardiola: Today Is One Of My Proudest Days

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Pep Guardiola has hailed the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, as one of the proudest moments of his career as a manager.

Both sides attacked from the get go and despite brilliant chances from both sides, the match went into the break in a stalemate.

However, six minutes into the second half, Milner put Liverpool ahead from the spot, only for Aguero to restore parity in the 69th minute. And more rued chances from both sides ensured Klopp and Guardiola shared the spoils.

The Spaniard told Sky Sports: “You cannot imagine. This is one of the proudest days of my career as a manager.

“After our defeat in the Champions League, for two days we were so, so sad and in the training sessions we didn’t talk too much.

“We arrive here against Liverpool, who haven’t had European football all year and had all week to prepare for that game, and how we fight and how we run and how we showed spirit – today is one of the happiest days of my life as a manager.

“The way we play, we concede chances but we create a lot of chances. Like all matches, we create more chances but this is our problem, our problem is we don’t score goals.”

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BREAKING: #BBNaija: ThinTallTony Evicted From The Big Brother House

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ThinTallTony was on Sunday night evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria – #BBNaija – reality TV show, ending his quest for the ‘ultimate’ N25 million star prize.

This is just as Efe, Debie-rise and Tboss were saved by viewers after they all were put up for nomination for possible eviction in the reality show during the week.

The housemate with the least votes from viewers and fans became eligible for eviction from the house.

It is understood that ThinTallTony scored the lowest vote, 11.68 per cent of the votes and thus was shown the door in the programme beamed live on DSTV cable network. He became the seventh housemate to be thrown out.

More details later..

 

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Liverpool Draw Leaves Klopp Disappointed

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is a little disappointed his men could only get a point at the Etihad.

Aguero’s strike cancelled out Milner’s penalty opener and the Reds were left to rue their missed chances, with the miss from Adam Lallana definitely hurting the most.

Klopp says he would need time to come to terms with the fact the singular point is a good one, as he would have rather gotten all three points.

He told Sky Sports: “If I was to make an assessment then I would say ‘if you took a point at Manchester City then that would be okay’.

“I thought we could have won this game because their goalkeeper made a few outstanding saves.

“But we didn’t close the game and we let them recover a bit, so they came back and with the quality, they have one strike and they scored – they deserved the goal of course – but I thought we could have scored more.

“It is a point and that’s good. Tomorrow I will be happy but in this moment I am a little bit disappointed, not too much but a little bit.”

Klopp refused to get too downbeat by the point, and praised both sides for putting on a pulsating display at the Etihad Stadium.

“We take it. It is fair, we could have lost and we could have won. We had three or four chances, open goals in the first half, in the six-yard box. I don’t know how they defended this.

“But of course they had their moments too so maybe it is okay. I’m not happy in this moment but give me a few hours and I will be happy.

“They deserved the goal, but we could have scored more. Two highly motivated sides, both wanted to win until the last seconds.”

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Pique ‘To Miss Messi’s Wedding’ After Personal Issues Between His-Wife-To-Be And Shakira

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There are strong indications that Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has not been invited to his teammate, Lionel Messi’s wedding, after a personal problem between Shakira and the Argentine’s wife-to-be, Antonella Roccuzzo.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is set to marry fiancee Antonella Roccuzzo this summer

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is set to marry fiancee Antonella Roccuzzo this summer

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, the tension is due to an issue Messi’s wife-to-be has with how Pique and his girlfriend Shakira started their relationship.

Roccuzzo, a close friend with Pique’s ex-girlfriend, Nuria Tomas, remains unhappy with the way they ended their relationship and how the Spain defender subsequently began his next one with the Colombian singer.

It is understood that the Spanish defender met Shakira while he was still in a relationship with Tomas, when he appeared in her music video Waka Waka, the official song of the 2010 World Cup.

In an interview with TV3 back then in October, he had said: “I met Shakira in Madrid, when we were preparing for the 2010 World Cup, and after appearing in the Waka Waka video.

“It all started when we were together in South Africa and I wrote to her. She was already there because she sang in the opening ceremony and I asked her what the weather was like.

“It is the typical stupid question, and the normal answer is to tell me to bring a jacket.

“But she started telling me what the weather was like in every single moment and it got to the point where I told her we would have to get to the World Cup final to see her again – she was singing at the final.”

Barca team-mate Gerard Pique and girlfriend Shakira will reportedly miss the wedding

Barca team-mate Gerard Pique and girlfriend Shakira will reportedly miss the wedding

Consequently, both Pique and Shakira have been left off the invite list to prevent any potential animosity.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner does not have a date confirmed for his wedding with Roccuzzo, but it is rumoured it will be in the middle of June.

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Kante: I Don’t Feel Like The Best Player In The EPL

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N’golo Kante does not seem to think he is good enough to be considered the best player in the EPL.

The France internatiointernational is repeating the same heroics that won Leicester the trophy at Chelsea.

And with the blues clear at the top of the table , the holding midfielder could win the league back-to-back.

Kante has been earmarked as a favourite for the PFA player of the year award, an award he feels is more deserving of other players on his team.

A leading contender for the PFA Player of the Year award told Telefoot: “We have to take the games one after the other. That’s what everyone is thinking. We have to keep a hold on everything.

“My current form? I am flourishing, but I don’t feel like the best player in the Premier League.

“There are a lot of good players. A lot of guys would deserve that title on my team.”

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Naira To Strengthen Further As CBN Boosts Forex Sale

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The Naira is set to appreciate further in the week as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) plans to inject more Foreign Exchange (Forex) into the market to meet the requests of genuine customers.

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The spokesman of CBN, Mr Isaac Okorafor, gave the assurance in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the apex bank had so far kept to its promise of continuing to supply enough forex to guarantee liquidity in the market.

The statement said the bank was committed to ensuring that authorised dealers got sufficient supply to meet the demands of authentic customers of banks.

Naira Loses Ground Against Dollar | CBN Set To Inject Fresh $350m Into Interbank Market

It disclosed that the bank had since February offered over one billion dollars to the interbank market.

The bank expressed optimism that stability had been restored to the forex market.

According to the statement, individuals can easily access forex to address personal and business allowances.

Naira Strengthens To ₦435/$ From ₦525 As CBN Continues Intervention

NAN reports that a summary of the CBN intervention in the interbank market over the past two months, shows the highest bid rate was N360 per dollars, while the lowest was N315 per dollar.

(NAN)

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Actress Ruth Kadiri Furious After Being Linked To Apostle Suleman’s Alleged Scandal

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Popular Nollywood Actress, Ruth Kadiri has reacted furiously to reports saying that she too had an affair with the General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, in the wake of sex allegations against the Apostle by a Canada-based self-professed stripper, Ms. Stephanie Otobo.

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Speaking to newsmen when contacted concerning the allegation, the actress fumed, saying:

“Are you people freaking kidding me? I don’t understand, where is this whole nonsense coming from? You are calling me over what? Can you imagine? I don’t understand this kind of nonsense; why are they calling me? How would I not get angry?

“I am here just living my life and you call me from nowhere and you are asking me rubbish question. What sort of rubbish is that? Please I don’t want to be rude to you.”

She then ended the conversation.

Kadiri is the third Actress fingered to have had an amorous relationship with Apostle Suleman.

Apostle Suleman Denies ‘Ever’ Promising Stephanie Otobo Marriage

The other two are Daniella Okeke and Iyabo Ojo who have equally not come out really to say in clear terms that they were in such relationship with the Apostle.

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Mourinho Wants Europa More Than Top Four

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Jose Mourinho has stated he would prefer winning the Europa league to finishing in the top four of the EPL.

United moved to fifth on the EPL log and three points outside of the top four after their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.

Mourinho’s men are currently into the quarterfinal of the Europa league and Mourinho wants the prestige of winning a major trophy and qualifying for the UCL.

“It was a big win (against Boro) because it keeps us alive in the fourth position race,” he said at the Riverside.

“If we don’t win this today we lose the chance in relation to the Arsenal defeat, and Man City and Liverpool, where somebody is going to miss points.

“But I prefer to win the Europa League because it gives us the same – Champions League football – but also a trophy, prestige, and a European Super Cup.

“But maybe we don’t win, so we have to fight until we can to try to finish fourth, which is what we did today, without many players. We had a fantastic attitude and desire from all the boys. It’s a massive victory for us.”

“We changed a lot of players – we had to do that – and we tried to protect others the way we played,” Mourinho explained.

“For example, Valencia played in a position where I try to protect him a little bit instead of 100m up and down. I tried to protect the central defenders in the last part of the game, bringing another one on.

“I had to protect Juan Mata because he played 90 minutes against Rostov. I had no midfielders on the bench, so I had to go with Carrick and Fellaini for 90 minutes.

“We had to build something, to do what we did in the first half, because in the first half we played very well; no shots on our goal, we had big chances, and they couldn’t cope with our movement.”

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DSS Report: Saraki Reacts To Magu’s Rejection

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The Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to reports making the round that the Senate rejected the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, because of a damning report issued by the Department of State Services (DSS), which questioned Magu’s integrity.

Senate Rejects Ibrahim Magu As EFCC Chairman

While speaking with TVC News in Morocco, where he attended an African summit on climate change and food security, the senate president said the Senate did not reject Magu based on the report from the DSS.

He said: “You are jumping into conclusion that he (Magu) was rejected because of the accusation. I don’t think there was anywhere we said he was rejected based on accusations.

“We have nominees that come all the time with different issues. Two weeks ago, we screened the Chief Justice of Nigeria and he scaled through.

“Now the EFCC chairman came and he did not pass the screening. Someone else will come and may pass. This is our constitutional role and I don’t think we should personalise or politicise this.”

Saraki’s reaction is coming on the back of a claim by a former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, who said that it was hypocritical of the Senate to allow Saraki to continue in office because he was in court to defend corruption allegations.

Last week, Ndume had argued that the Senate should not have rejected Magu based on unproven allegations.

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Medical Doctor Commits Suicide, Jumps Into Lagoon From 3rd Mainland Bridge

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A man said to be a medical doctor was reported to have jumped to his own death into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Identified only as Orji, PM News gathered that the man, who was being driven by his driver in a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV, was receiving a call when he suddenly asked his driver to stop.

The driver of the SUV was quoted to have said that the man asked him to stop, came out of the vehicle and jumped into the Lagoon on Third Mainland Bridge.

It was gathered that the incident happened on the bridge between Adekunle and Adeniji on Third Mainland Bridge inward Lagos Island on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and the police visited the scene to retrieve the body of the victim.

Confirming the incident, LASTMA General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu said the agency received a distress call of a man who parked his Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE  at about 4.50 pm on Sunday, 19th March, 2017 around Adekunle, inward 3rd Mainland bridge and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.

“Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that the man, said to be medical doctor named Orji who was said to be driven by his driver and suddenly ordered the driver to pull over, dropped  from the car and suddenly jumped into the water from the bridge.

“The vehicle and the driver have been taken to Adeniji Adele Police Station for further investigation, while effort is on going to recover his body from the Lagoon,” he said.

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DSS, Saraki, Melaye And The Senate’s Dirty Slap On Buhari’s Face

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DSS, Saraki, Melaye And The Senate’s Dirty Slap On Buhari’s Face, By Godwin Onyeacholem

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No thanks to the unholy machinations of an unscrupulous cabal in the presidency, which formed a satanic partnership with a shamelessly crooked Senate, Ibrahim Magu, nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari as substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), was for the second time denied confirmation for that post by the Senate on the strength of the same ill-motivated Department of State Service (DSS) security report that informed the first purported rejection.

This piece was written by Godwin Onyeacholem. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

It bears repeating that Magu’s first rejection last December drew intense outrage across the country with most Nigerians describing it as the classic case of corruption fighting back. It is equally remarkable that the senators took this action in spite of President Buhari’s letter stating he had received adequate clarification on the issues which informed their decision and craving their indulgence to favourably accept Magu’s re-nomination for the position of Chairman of EFCC so as to “maintain the current momentum and capacity of the EFCC since May 29, 2015.” But clearly, Buhari’s appeal for a favourable re-consideration of the nominee in view of the vital role of the Senate in facilitating the anti-corruption campaign and support for the work of agencies such as the EFCC fell on deaf ears.

Given the signal from the Senate since Magu’s first appearance and the receipt of Buhari’s re-nomination letter in January — a body language that brazenly exhibits a preference for corruption — the outcome of a second visit by the EFCC boss was predictable. Clearly, this Senate is not on the same page with Buhari on the issue of fighting corruption and would do anything not to confirm the man he has chosen to lead the war. Therefore, against the backdrop of what is clearly a dirty slap on Buhari’s face, ironically instigated by the same members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who are the majority in the Senate, Nigerians wait to see whether the president would simply fold his arms and allow well-known integrity-challenged persons define his presidency.

If you belong to that concerned group of citizens who believe, like most key officials of government, that corrupt persons in Nigeria, among them a good number of politically exposed persons, are doing everything they can to frustrate the current administration in its fight against corruption, you would be easily vindicated if you nail it down to the disgraceful, yet self-seeking, manner the Senate handled the confirmation process of Ibrahim Magu.

In the eyes of objective observers, it was shorn of all elements of patriotism and driven purely by vendetta against the person of Magu on one hand, and the burning desire to derail the anti-corruption war on the other. The strategy seems straightforward: rubbish the second most visible face of anti-corruption, then the road to dismantling the anti-corruption war would have been significantly smoothened.

This is a tight, well-funded plot in which the very wealthy gang of corrupt persons in and out of government and who are familiar with Magu’s ruthless antecedents are throwing in everything to ensure he does not lead EFCC, especially under an atmosphere that seems uncharacteristically favourable to a vigorous anti-corruption campaign.

To these vampires, the consequence of allowing a pitiless anti-corruption crusader like Magu to lead EFCC is not just dire, but equally suicidal. They have combed everywhere in search of muck to tarnish his image but they could find nothing against him. That is why on Magu’s second appearance for the real screening, this depraved Senate was used to re-open the same sinister security report, the only alibi they could hang on to, which Buhari had comprehensively responded to in his letter. It was a maliciously cooked security report not worth the value of the piece of paper conveying the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.

It is a mark of the senators’ malevolent intent that they would not ask themselves why they should not reject the security report because, not only was it not addressed to the Senate president, it was signed by a subordinate official and not the Director-General of DSS, as such weighty document would require. Why would anyone not be justified in accusing the Senate of double standard, if only a day before Magu surfaced in the chamber, the Senate had rejected a correspondence sent to it from the Customs just because it was signed by someone else other than Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General of Customs?

And these senators, like Bukola Saraki, Dino Melaye and Abiodun Olujinmi are the ones lecturing us about integrity? No way! Nigerians know enough to tell that of the 109 senators, it will be hard to find three who have half as much integrity as the Magu that they claim fails an “integrity test”. Whose test? Who told these senators that they are qualified to set any integrity test for anybody? Who among the senators can talk of integrity when they keep thwarting every move to get them to open their books for proper scrutiny? And should the EFCC decide to beam its searchlight on the Senate, it is a safe bet that more than 90 percent of the senators would pack their bags and run away to avoid the shame that will trail the putrid revelations.

But who else to blame for all this nonsense but Buhari who seems so clay-footed as not to be ready to take the decisive step of making the point that this presidency belongs to him and that the buck stops on his table. In the face of the ignoble role the DSS played in humiliating him so unambiguously, it is shocking that the DG of that agency is still at his station. For having the guts to deliver to the Senate a counter-report when his boss had sent a letter to the senators giving Magu a clean bill of health, a more tuned-in president would have fired Lawal Daura immediately.

There is no other time than now for Buhari to put his feet down. It is disturbing that in spite of its clear majority, the APC seems to be playing the role of opposition in the Senate. Otherwise, why should the confirmation of the president’s nominee become so messy as to portray the party as uncoordinated and ill-prepared for leadership.

The frequent remarks of some of his aides pointing to Buhari’s style which they say does not dispose him to interfering with matters outside the presidency will not help his government. In fact, these aides should tell him that that style of non-interference does not serve him and the nation well as it depicts him as one who has not fully grasped the intricacies of democratic governance. The reason he is president is not to monitor the executive branch alone, but to also keep an eye on every area of national life and intervene promptly where necessary.

It is sad that almost two years into his presidency, Buhari keeps leaving the impression that he is not in charge, and that a few of his heavily tainted appointees are actually the ones running the show. What sort of presidency is that? Should this cabal succeed in eventually seeing off Magu as they are hell-bent on doing, Mr. President should know that that will be the end of the fight against corruption, the only visible item on his campaign agenda that he promised to vigorously engage and which made people turn out in large numbers to vote for his party.

He loses all, if he loses the anti-corruption war. And he loses the anti-corruption war if he allows the likes of Lawal Daura, Bukola Saraki and the official clown of the Nigerian senate, Dino Melaye, to determine who becomes the Chairman of EFCC.

Godwin Onyeacholem, a journalist, can be reached on gonyeacholem@gmail.com; Follow him on Twitter @Gonyeacholem.

This piece was written by Godwin Onyeacholem. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Antonio Conte Wants Monoca Stars Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva

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Chelsea are preparing a £40m double swoop for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, two of the Monaco stars who helped knock Man City out of the Champions League last week, according to the Sunday Mirror. 

Antonio Conte is said to be looking for reinforcements as Chelsea prepare to make a return to European football next season.

Both 22 years old, Mendy, a left-back, and Silva, a midfielder, have caught Antonio Conte’s eye as they have helped Monaco storm to the top of Ligue 1 and into the Champions League quarterfinals.

It is widely reported that Conte is keen to add depth to his Chelsea squad ahead of a return to European football next season, but Monaco will be keen to avoid too much upheaval.

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Mourinho Pleased With Middlesbrough Win

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Jose Mourinho is very pleased with Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, as he believes it gives them two doors to the UCL.

The portugese manager said a draw would have been an acceptable result given the schedule of his team, but a win thanks to goals from Lingard, Fellaini and Valencia won it for the Red Devils, with Gestede scoring the only goal for Middlesbrough.

United are now three points behind the top four and into the quarterfinal of the Europa league, a situation that is pleasing to Mourinho.

“I’m super happy,” he told BBC Sport. “The attitude of the boys was magnificent. I made them feel important, trusted.

“We organised the team to come here and do what we did until the second goal: defend well, don’t concede, be dangerous on the counter-attack, play with the fast boys in front.

“Until two-zero, the game was the game we wanted. Then they played direct football with Gestede and [Alvaro] Negredo, we brought an extra defender in [Marcos Rojo] to cope with that, but our mistake was that we let them push.

“You are always worried, especially when you miss chances like we did in the first half. Anything can happen with big football, with tall, direct players. It was open until the end.

“I was exactly expecting this. I knew that that answer would be positive, according to the qualities of my players. I cannot expect Marcus [Rashford] to be Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], [Michael] Carrick to be [Paul] Pogba, or Ashley Young to be [Daley] Blind. But they have their qualities.

“The good thing is that the group is really United. It’s a group of friends, a group of guys, everybody fights for everybody. The spirit is fantastic.

“We have two doors open for Champions League football, so we will try for the Europa League and for fourth place in the Premier League, and see what happens.”

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Conte: Tactical Tinkering Paid Off

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Antonio Conte is happy with the fact that his risky tactical change paid off in the 2-1 win over Stoke.

Walters cancelled Willian’s free kick opener before the break and it looked like it was going to be square, before Conte switched the formation.

The Italian brought on Fabregas to replace Moses, switching to four defenders and it paid off as Cahill scored three minutes from time to get all three points.

“It’s not the first time – it happened also against Burnley,” Conte said of his tactical tinkering.

“During the game, when you want to take more risks, when you want to try and take three points and not only one, you try to change.

“But, when you change, for sure there is a greater possibility to score the goal but also to concede a goal. You must know this and then sometimes I prefer to decide to risk it to try to take three points.

“In other situations I prefer to keep the result.”

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Conte: Tactical Tinkering Paid Off

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Antonio Conte is happy with the fact that his risky tactical change paid off in the 2-1 win over Stoke.

Walters cancelled Willian’s free kick opener before the break and it looked like it was going to be square, before Conte switched the formation.

The Italian brought on Fabregas to replace Moses, switching to four defenders and it paid off as Cahill scored three minutes from time to get all three points.

“It’s not the first time – it happened also against Burnley,” Conte said of his tactical tinkering.

“During the game, when you want to take more risks, when you want to try and take three points and not only one, you try to change.

“But, when you change, for sure there is a greater possibility to score the goal but also to concede a goal. You must know this and then sometimes I prefer to decide to risk it to try to take three points.

“In other situations I prefer to keep the result.”

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Pep Guardiola: “I Never Promised Man City Fans Treble In My First Year”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes he is being judged unfairly because of his incredible record as a coach at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he also added he never promised a Treble-winning season upon his arrival.

The Manchester City manager has come under criticism following his side’s Champions League exit to Monaco on away goals on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola is in danger of finishing the season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career with the FA Cup being City’s only realistic hope of silverware this season.

“I think exceptional for all the managers around the world is that sometimes during the season they win a title. That is the normal situation all around the world. Exceptional is my career, I’m sorry, that is exceptional,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

“Of course we want to win titles, everybody wants to win titles — we fight for that and we play for that. When you do that you try to improve and come back next season and try to win the title.

“The boss, the chairman, the sporting director, they are going to decide if my job depends on winning titles or not and if not winning titles and they judge the results are not good they are going to say ‘bye-bye.’”

Guardiola also believes there was too much expectation with his arrival and that he would quickly turn City into Champions League challengers, competing with the best sides in Europe.

“People believed… Pep’s sitting here and now they are going to win the Treble, easy,” he added. “You are wrong guys. I never came here and said we are going to win one title.

“I never said I’m going to win the Treble. I never said I’m going to win the double, never. But I never said that the first day I was sitting there in Barcelona.

“I promise a lot of work — few guys can beat me in that, I work a lot, I’m so proud about that — but I never promised about titles, never in my life.”

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Pep Guardiola: “I Never Promised Man City Fans Treble In My First Year”

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes he is being judged unfairly because of his incredible record as a coach at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he also added he never promised a Treble-winning season upon his arrival.

The Manchester City manager has come under criticism following his side’s Champions League exit to Monaco on away goals on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola is in danger of finishing the season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career with the FA Cup being City’s only realistic hope of silverware this season.

“I think exceptional for all the managers around the world is that sometimes during the season they win a title. That is the normal situation all around the world. Exceptional is my career, I’m sorry, that is exceptional,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

“Of course we want to win titles, everybody wants to win titles — we fight for that and we play for that. When you do that you try to improve and come back next season and try to win the title.

“The boss, the chairman, the sporting director, they are going to decide if my job depends on winning titles or not and if not winning titles and they judge the results are not good they are going to say ‘bye-bye.’”

Guardiola also believes there was too much expectation with his arrival and that he would quickly turn City into Champions League challengers, competing with the best sides in Europe.

“People believed… Pep’s sitting here and now they are going to win the Treble, easy,” he added. “You are wrong guys. I never came here and said we are going to win one title.

“I never said I’m going to win the Treble. I never said I’m going to win the double, never. But I never said that the first day I was sitting there in Barcelona.

“I promise a lot of work — few guys can beat me in that, I work a lot, I’m so proud about that — but I never promised about titles, never in my life.”

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Manchester City In Talks With Benfica To Sign Goalkeeper Ederson

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Manchester City have been in contact with Benfica over goalkeeper Ederson, according to Record.

City manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly once again in the market for a keeper with summer signing Claudio Bravo failing to impress and ultimately losing his place to number two Willy Caballero.

Ederson, a one-time target for Arsenal, is believed to have a £43m release clause in his contract.

According to the report, Benfica club president Luís Filipe Vieira has reached an informal agreement with City bosses to sell the goalkeeper at the end of the season.

Vieira was in Monaco on Wednesday night and may have further discussed the deal with Txiki Begiristain there, although he also has good relations with Monaco, and is interested in signing their 20-year-old Portuguese winger, Gil Dias.

The talented shot-stopper has made 19 appearances for Benfica in Liga NOS this season and 7 in the Champions League, including a world class performance against Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match.

Should City sign him, it will certainly mean either Claudio Bravo, a disappointment since signing from FC Barcelona, or Willy Caballero, out of contract in summer, will depart the Etihad.

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Manchester City In Talks With Benfica To Sign Goalkeeper Ederson

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Manchester City have been in contact with Benfica over goalkeeper Ederson, according to Record.

City manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly once again in the market for a keeper with summer signing Claudio Bravo failing to impress and ultimately losing his place to number two Willy Caballero.

Ederson, a one-time target for Arsenal, is believed to have a £43m release clause in his contract.

According to the report, Benfica club president Luís Filipe Vieira has reached an informal agreement with City bosses to sell the goalkeeper at the end of the season.

Vieira was in Monaco on Wednesday night and may have further discussed the deal with Txiki Begiristain there, although he also has good relations with Monaco, and is interested in signing their 20-year-old Portuguese winger, Gil Dias.

The talented shot-stopper has made 19 appearances for Benfica in Liga NOS this season and 7 in the Champions League, including a world class performance against Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match.

Should City sign him, it will certainly mean either Claudio Bravo, a disappointment since signing from FC Barcelona, or Willy Caballero, out of contract in summer, will depart the Etihad.

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Jorge Sampaoli: “Barcelona Haven’t Contacted Me”

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Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli says he has not been contacted by Barcelona about replacing Luis Enrique at the end of the season.

The former Chile boss is under contract with Sevilla until the end of the season.

“I do not have to renew because I have a contract,” he said. “Nor is it real that Barcelona have taken an interest in me, they did not contact me.”

Sampaoli also denied that his future will be linked to that of sporting director Monchi, who could reportedly leave in the summer.

“I would like Monchi to stay, but it is not a condition for me to stay,” he added.

“According to the football project that has Sevilla, one is here to help or not, I feel useful, loved and respected.”

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Jorge Sampaoli: “Barcelona Haven’t Contacted Me”

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Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli says he has not been contacted by Barcelona about replacing Luis Enrique at the end of the season.

The former Chile boss is under contract with Sevilla until the end of the season.

“I do not have to renew because I have a contract,” he said. “Nor is it real that Barcelona have taken an interest in me, they did not contact me.”

Sampaoli also denied that his future will be linked to that of sporting director Monchi, who could reportedly leave in the summer.

“I would like Monchi to stay, but it is not a condition for me to stay,” he added.

“According to the football project that has Sevilla, one is here to help or not, I feel useful, loved and respected.”

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