Aguero, Fernandinho Get ‘Sent Off’ As Chelsea Defeat Man City In 4 Goals Thriller

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Chelsea completed a remarkable comeback to beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and kept their Premier League winning run intact.

The Blues had fell behind in the clash when Gary Cahill turned the ball into the back of his own net on the stroke of half time before the visitors took advantage of a host of missed chances from City to turn the game on its head.

The visiting fans celebrate along with the Chelsea players.

The visiting fans celebrate along with the Chelsea players. [Reuters]

Diego Costa equalised on the hour mark before substitute Willian and Eden Hazard secured the three points with their goals later in the second half to keep Chelsea – who have now won eight games in a row – top of the standings by a point.

The game finished with unsavory scenes as Sergio Aguero was given a straight red card following a reckless challenge on David Luiz.

Tension over-boiled further as Fernandinho pursued Fabregas before pushing the Spaniard into the crowd as City went down to nine men.

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“Eight in a row doesn’t happen too often… we showed great character against Tottenham, and again today,” he said.

“I didn’t see [the red cards], I was on the bench. I don’t want to talk about that, I want to talk about football.”

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Aguero, Fernandinho Get ‘Sent Off’ As Chelsea Defeat Man City In 4 Goals Thriller

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Chelsea completed a remarkable comeback to beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and kept their Premier League winning run intact.

The Blues had fell behind in the clash when Gary Cahill turned the ball into the back of his own net on the stroke of half time before the visitors took advantage of a host of missed chances from City to turn the game on its head.

The visiting fans celebrate along with the Chelsea players.

The visiting fans celebrate along with the Chelsea players. [Reuters]

Diego Costa equalised on the hour mark before substitute Willian and Eden Hazard secured the three points with their goals later in the second half to keep Chelsea – who have now won eight games in a row – top of the standings by a point.

The game finished with unsavory scenes as Sergio Aguero was given a straight red card following a reckless challenge on David Luiz.

Tension over-boiled further as Fernandinho pursued Fabregas before pushing the Spaniard into the crowd as City went down to nine men.

4e2ea7e2-be16-47a9-a72b-c00f174e00bc6cf38223-43b9-4e13-8898-1f5f2eb278c84dbc88b4-687a-4abd-b67d-4b25deed8253Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Eden Hazard claimed he didn’t see the melee at the final whistle.

“Eight in a row doesn’t happen too often… we showed great character against Tottenham, and again today,” he said.

“I didn’t see [the red cards], I was on the bench. I don’t want to talk about that, I want to talk about football.”

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Aguero, Fernandinho Get ‘Sent Off’ As Chelsea Defeat Man City In 4 Goals Thriller

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Chelsea completed a remarkable comeback to beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and kept their Premier League winning run intact.

The Blues had fell behind in the clash when Gary Cahill turned the ball into the back of his own net on the stroke of half time before the visitors took advantage of a host of missed chances from City to turn the game on its head.

The visiting fans celebrate along with the Chelsea players.

The visiting fans celebrate along with the Chelsea players. [Reuters]

Diego Costa equalised on the hour mark before substitute Willian and Eden Hazard secured the three points with their goals later in the second half to keep Chelsea – who have now won eight games in a row – top of the standings by a point.

The game finished with unsavory scenes as Sergio Aguero was given a straight red card following a reckless challenge on David Luiz.

Tension over-boiled further as Fernandinho pursued Fabregas before pushing the Spaniard into the crowd as City went down to nine men.

4e2ea7e2-be16-47a9-a72b-c00f174e00bc6cf38223-43b9-4e13-8898-1f5f2eb278c84dbc88b4-687a-4abd-b67d-4b25deed8253Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Eden Hazard claimed he didn’t see the melee at the final whistle.

“Eight in a row doesn’t happen too often… we showed great character against Tottenham, and again today,” he said.

“I didn’t see [the red cards], I was on the bench. I don’t want to talk about that, I want to talk about football.”

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Koeman Says Everton Needs To Sign

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Ronald Koeman has stated that Everton need time and new players to overturn their poor run in form.

The Merseyside outfit started the season in fine vein, but has only notched one win in eight Premier League matches.

Everton’s last loss was to Southampton, pushing them to seventh and eight points out of the UCL zone.

And Koeman said forays into the transfer market will be needed for Everton improve in their quest for European football, even as he urged fans to keep the faith.

“We need at least this winter and we need next summer to make changes in this club,” Koeman said.

“I still have the belief we will be successful at Everton. Maybe we need a little more time, maybe we need to make more changes in the team, maybe we need it for next season.

“We know it is a new project and everybody knows that takes time. We had a good start, it is a difficult time now but that is football.

“It is always difficult when there is a lack of confidence and a lack of belief but it can be good for me to see the reaction of the team in a difficult time. It is better to see that.

“Of course you like to have a win every weekend because everyone is happy but sometimes, to get your eyes really open, maybe this time is the best to understand what we need to change.”

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Rummenigge Praises Bayern’s Performance Against Mainz

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has praised Bayern Munich for their showing against Mainz 05 and believes the performance can serve as a benchmark for the team.

Robert Lewandowski scored a brace in the fixture, as Bayern came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory at Mainz.

Arjen Robben, who assisted one of Lewandowski’s goals also got on the score sheet, as the Bavarians return to the top of the league, at least for now ahead of RB Leipzig’s hosting of Schalke on Saturday.

Afterwards, Rummenigge heaped praise on head coach Carlo Ancelotti and Co, saying: “We were very dominant today, especially in the first half.

“The victory was absolutely deserved. Carlo Ancelotti and his team laid down a marker today.

“If we play well and use today’s performance as a benchmark we have a good chance of winning the German championship title.”

Dutch attacker Robben celebrated his 150th Bundesliga appearance in style, putting Bayern ahead in the 21st minute after setting up Lewandowski for the equaliser 13 minutes earlier at Opel Arena.

“We’ve not played as well as we did in the first half for some weeks. It’s great fun for the players,” Robben said.

“Our movement was good and we came up with lots of surprises, these surprise moments we’ve lacked in the last few weeks. We played really, really well in the first half and should have scored more goals. In the second half we should have simply kept going, maintained the pace and moved the ball quickly.

“But we eased off, we lacked the pace and maybe also the movement. If we’d made it three, it would have been over.”

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Cazorla Could Return Quicker Than Expected

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Santi Cazorla has announced he will be back from injury in two months, which is a month earlier than thought.

The midfielder sustained an injury in his plantaris tendon in his right foor during the 6-0 win over Ludogrets back in October.

Arsene Wenger stated earlier that the Spaniard’s return was delayed due to inflammation and stated he could be out for three months.

However, Cazorla revealed on Instagram that his doctor has predicted a two-month lay-off after undergoing surgery.

He said: “We found where the pain was coming from. The doctor said to me that it’s a quick surgery and I will be back in two months.”

Cazorla missed nearly five months of action with successive knee and Achilles injuries last season and will travel to Sweden early next week for the procedure.

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Rose Looking At A Long-term Future With The Knicks

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Rose is yet to play a score of games for the New York Knicks, but he is already looking at having a long-term career with the club.

Rose, a free agent this summer, said in a recent interview, “Of course I want to play the rest of my life [in New York].”

Rose expressed that sentiment when discussing his overall experience with the Knicks in an interview Thursday with Slam magazine.

“We’re building the culture,” Rose said in the interview. “We’re building the foundation now. I’m under a one-year contract so of course I want to play the rest of my life here. But it takes time, it takes patience to figure out how every one is going to fit, if it is going to fit and going from there.”

“I love the atmosphere (in New York), I love the environment, I love the staff here, I love the team,” he said. “… My job is to come out here and play as hard as I can and try to win every game while I’m on the floor. But as far as my future and everything, who knows? I’ll have to wait until the end of this year and figure things out but I would love to be here, though.”

The PG is averaging 16.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds through 19 games.

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Enrique: Clasico Is Not The Title Decider

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Barcelona play Real Madrid tomorrow at the Camp Nou and manager Luis Enrique does not think the match will decide the title.

Barcelona are currently six points off Real Madrid at the top, and a loss to their rivals could prove detrimental.

And racking up a third loss of the season will not bode well for Barcelona and Enrique, but the former Madrid midfielder believes it is too early in the season to be placing such emphasis on one game.

He told reporters at his news conference: “Regardless of the result, I don’t think anyone could say it’s decisive.

“It’s the 14th game of the season. Clearly Madrid could take a very interesting lead but whatever the result I don’t think it will be determinant in the league.

“The game is a chance to beat Real Madrid and to get closer to the top of the table, nothing more.”

Luis Enrique does not think a win would end the criticism of his side either, adding: “It’s important to win the Clasico as they are a direct opponent with the same aspirations as us but to think winning would put all criticism behind us is not going to happen. There will always be criticism.”

Barcelona are not anticipating any tactical surprises from Madrid with Luis Enrique expecting the hosts to have the majority of the possession at Camp Nou.

“I think Real Madrid will be similar to last year and the start of this season, they have no problem in letting the opposition have the ball,” he said.

“But they have great transitions, they have quick players, they move the ball quickly with short passes.

“We are going to try to control the ball more, play the possession game, try to generate space that we can then exploit.

“They are a very organised side, a team that does not need the ball to compete and who base their game on the transition out of defence and on set-pieces.

“They are achieving very good results, they have very good players and for us it’s a very special game against our eternal rivals.

“We are at the Camp Nou and we go in with the intention of playing well against a very good opponent.”

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United Pip Chelsea And Arsenal To The Signing Of Ajax Wonderkid

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Manchester United have signed Ajax wonderkid, Millen Baars, beating Chelsea and Arsenal to his signature.

The 16-year-old signed for the Old Trafford club in October and his father, Stefan has now confirmed the acquisition.

The winger, who captains Ajax under-17 side was invited for tours around Chelsea, United and Arsenal, but declined the invite to the Emirates after deciding to join Mourinho’s side.

“We have had talks with Ajax that were between Millen and the club,” Stefan Baars told Noordhollands Dagblad. “But it was certainly nothing shocking, he was even appointed captain this season of the B1.

“Ajax is a great club with a very good youth, but they can unfortunately not cope so very well. You saw in the past with other youth players who now play at other clubs. But Millen was ready for a different challenge.

“He played nine seasons in Amsterdam and he has always had the dream to play football in England at Manchester United.

“There was interest from Italy, Portugal and England, but when he was at Chelsea and United to look, he knew he wanted to play in Manchester.

“He did not even see Arsenal, his choice was made.”

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Conte: Such A Pity Chelsea Sold De Bruyne

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As Chelsea are gearing up to play Manchester City, Conte has stated it is such a pity that the club sold De Bruyne.

Chelsea have notched seven straight wins and are just one point ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City.

And De Bruyne is likely to make the difference in the clash between the two clubs, as he has developed into one of the best midfield playmakers in the world since leaving Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg in 2014.

And Conte has admitted he is an admirer of a player the Blues allowed to slip from their grasp under Jose Mourinho.

“De Bruyne played with Chelsea and I think he is a really great player,” Conte said when asked if Chelsea had let De Bruyne go prematurely.

“It is a pity that now he is playing for another team.

“For sure this is the case because he is a fantastic player, but now he plays with Manchester City. I wish him the best – after our game.”

Conte is hoping to be able to name another unchanged team against Chelsea’s title rivals but will check on the freshness of a couple of members of the starting XI that has hit such fine form.

He continued: “No injuries at the moment, we have to check on the physical condition of one or two players and then decide the line-up tomorrow. I prefer to keep this secret.

“I’m pleased for all the players that are playing. Those on the bench understand. There is the right atmosphere.

“I think tomorrow it’s a really tough game. It is a great test for us, for our formation, to continue this way. We know that it won’t be easy because we face a really great team, with a great idea of football.

“I think it is another step to show if something has changed compared to the start of the season.

“For sure it is a big game. This season we played also a big game against Arsenal Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, but I think in this league every game is a big game because it’s very difficult and very tough.

“For me this is my first season in English football and these games are new in my career experience. It’s fantastic and I’m looking forward to playing.”

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Ronaldo, Vardy And Griezman Nominated For FIFA FIFPro 2016 World XI Award [Full List]

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FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA on Thursday announced the final 55-player shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World 11 for the year 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jamie Vardy and Antoine Griezmann appeared on the list while Wayne Rooney failed to make the shortlist for the first time.

Portugal captain Ronaldo, led his country to victory at Euro 2016, while France forward Griezmann was the top player at the tournament.

Vardy was the only Englishman named among the 55 nominees for FIFPro’s 2016 World XI award, while the Manchester United and England captain missed out on the shortlist for the first time in the competition’s 12-year history.

That leaves Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo as the only ever-presents for an award based on votes from professional players from 75 countries.

Also absent from the list is Algeria international Riyad Mahrez the top Premier League player last season with surprise champions Leicester.

 

The 55-player short list:

Goalkeepers (5): Claudio Bravo (Chile/Barcelona/Manchester City), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus), David de Gea (Spain/Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid) and Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)

Defenders (20): David Alaba (Austria/Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (Spain/Barcelona), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast/Paris Saint-Germain), Hector Bellerin (Spain/Arsenal), Jerome Boateng (Germany/Bayern Munich), Leonardo Bonucci (Italy/Juventus), Dani Carvajal (Spain/Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy/Juventus), Dani Alves (Brazil/Barcelona/Juventus), David Luiz (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain/Chelsea), Diego Godin (Uruguay/Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Germany/Borussia Dortmund/Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Germany/Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/Barcelona), Pepe (Portugal/Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain/Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain) and Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid).

Midfielders (15): Xabi Alonso (Spain/Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Spain/Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (France/Leicester/Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Germany/Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona), David Silva (Spain/Manchester City), Marco Verratti (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain) and Arturo Vidal (Chile/Bayern Munich).

Strikers (15): Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Argentina/Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina/Napoli/Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/Barcelona), Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona) and Jamie Vardy (England/Leicester).

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Colombia Plane Crash: Ronaldinho And Riquelme Offer To Play For Chapecoense For Free

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Former footballing icons Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme are willing to help Chapecoense after 19 of their first-team squad were killed in Monday’s plane crash in Colombia.

The two South American legends are reportedly considering to come out of retirement and play for Chapecoense for six months, to help the Brazilian club rebuild after this week’s tragic air crash in Colombia, which all but wiped out the entire squad, The SUN UK reports.

Ronaldinho and Riquelme are considering to play for Chapecoense for six months, to help the Brazilian club rebuild after this week’s tragic air crash in Colombia, which all but wiped out the entire squad.

Ronaldinho and Riquelme are considering to play for Chapecoense for six months, to help the Brazilian club rebuild after this week’s tragic air crash in Colombia, which all but wiped out the entire squad.

Chapecoense tragically lost 19 players when a plane on route to Columbia for their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional crashed – killing 71 people on board.

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75 Dead And 6 Survivors As Flight Carrying Brazilian Football Team Crashes

75 Dead And 6 Survivors As Flight Carrying Brazilian Football Team Crashes

In an effort to help out the club, both Ronaldinho and former Argentina international Juan Roman Riquelme are reported to be willing to sign for the club and help them out in a desperate time of need.

READ ALSO: 6 Survivors Reported As Plane Carrying Brazilian Football Team Crashes In Colombia

Ronaldinho’s agent and brother, Roberto Assis, confirmed that the former Brazil international is ready to help out the club in any way possible, though he did stress that no talks have been held as now is not the time to discuss football with the tragedy still fresh in everyone’s minds.

“It is a very difficult time,” Assis told Globo Esporte. “Later on, if there is a contact, we can talk.

“I can only say that we are here and we want to help.

“He (Ronaldinho) fits the profile, can be the right guy. But the moment is to help families and it would be (wrong) to create expectations for now. As Brazilians, we feel involved. We are together.”

While the 38-year-old Riquelme stated that;

“My brother and my friends have asked me to do it so let’s see what happens”.

 

Offers of support have come flooding in from throughout the football world with PSG reportedly pledging €40 million to help Chapecoense rebuild the team.

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Wade: I Sacrificed My Game, More Than LeBron Did At Heats

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Dwayne Wade is gearing up for a showdown against former teammate and close friend, LeBron James and has stated he sacrificed more of his game when the pair played together at Miami.

The Bulls guard said while he and James knew someone’s game would have to suffer when they decided to pair up at Miami, it was his game that suffered the most.

He didn’t have to have a conversation with James about it because the answer was obvious to both men.

“I definitely changed mine more,” Wade said with a laugh after Thursday’s practice. “It’s not even a conversation. There’s no conversation to have. I definitely had to change mine more.”

“We all knew the sacrifice that was going to be [made],” Wade said.

“Obviously, you sit down and you talk about playing together. You think you know what’s [going to happen], you try to cover things in that moment, but then once you start playing together you realize it’s harder than what you thought.”

“But we all knew we had to sacrifice. Chris Bosh, too. He’s somebody who they don’t talk about, he had to sacrifice a lot too. But at the end of the day, we sacrificed points, article hits, but what we gained was championships, friendships and brotherhoods that last a lifetime. So I’m sure if we could do it all over again we’d do it exactly the same way.”

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Karius: United Not In Title Race

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Loris Karius has stated he does not see Manchester United in the running for the Premier League title.

The Liverpool goalkeeper believes Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have a shot at the coveted title.

All four teams the German goalie named currently occupy the champions league spot, with Arsenal in fourth and just three points away from table-topping Chelsea.

“Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and us,” he told Kicker when pressed for his pick of the Premier League crop.

“That quartet is standing eye-to-eye.

“Many thought City with Pep Guardiola would be the favourites, but Chelsea went on a brutal run recently.

“The direct duels could be decisive.”

Liverpool sit second at present, but Karius insists no-one at Anfield is getting swept up in the wave of optimism that is building behind Jurgen Klopp’s troops.

He added: “It’s a dream that is still far away.

“We’ve not made that [winning the league] our goal because if you do and finish second you’d think the season was a disappointment.

“Our goal is to play in the Champions League next term.”

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Carrick: Leaving United Will Be A Hard Decision To Make

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Michael Carrick has stated that playing for another club other than Manchester United will be hard for him, as his contract looks to expire soon.

The 35-year-old midfielder has a contract that is due to expire at the end of the season, but Mourinho has suggested a contract extension for the veteran. However, that is still yet to be decided, as his future remains uncertain.

Carrick has played just three times in the Premier League for the Red Devils this season, but the lack of playing time and clarity over his role at Old Trafford is not weighing heavily on his mind.

“[Leaving Man Utd] is not something I am looking to do at the minute – it would be very difficult to play somewhere else,” he told the Daily Mail.

“Everyone is different. It depends on circumstance. It depends on a lot of things.

“I have said all along, I am relaxed about [my United future]. It depends if I am playing and if I am playing well enough, if I feel I can contribute, if the manager feels I can contribute.

“There are a lot of things to be decided. I am quite relaxed.”

The England international is aware of the difficulties of continuing to play at a high level at his age but feels he has adapted his game around those challenges.

“You just have to understand what you can and what you can’t do really,” he added.

“At any stage of your career, people have their strengths and what they can’t do so well. You just have to put yourself in a position where you can play to your strengths more often than not. You learn that from experience.

“As long as I am enjoying it, can feel I can contribute and the manager does then great.”

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Ranieri: Don’t Blame New Signings For Deep In Form

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Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City manager will not blame their poor form on the new players at the club.

The current Premier League holders are hovering above the relegation zone at 14th position and are clear by two points, despite big money signings in the 2016-17 season.

The foxes acquired the likes of Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy for eight-figure amounts during the transfer window. However, they’ve only impressed in the UCL, where they’ve made it to the last 16.

But Ranieri is not pointing fingers at Leicester’s recruitment team, insisting all players need time to adjust to a new club – just like Riyad Mahrez did when he signed from Le Havre in January 2014.

“The recruitment is very good and I’m very happy,” Ranieri told reporters ahead of Saturday’s away game against Sunderland.

“But it’s not always certain when you bring in new players that they start very well.

“Riyad Mahrez started in his second year. If he needed six or seven months, imagine [how it is for] the others.

“If we compare with last season, we are missing everything, but the spirit is the same.”

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Kane Signs New Tottenham Contract

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Tottenham fans can rest now, as striker Harry Kane has penned a new contract that’ll keep him at the club till 2022.

The new contract signed by the England international is an improvement to the five-year contract he signed in February 2015.

“Everyone knows what I feel for this club,” said Kane, who has scored five goals in 17 England appearances.

“To sign another contract is a special feeling. We have got a great young squad and the club is moving in the right direction.”

The 23-year-old currently has six goals from 10 appearances for Tottenham, despite missing 10 games with an ankle injury.

In 2014-15 season, he scored 21 goals and improved on that with 25 goals, winning the Golden Boot last season.

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Wenger Has No Timetable On Cazorla Return

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Arsenal fans have something to worry about and it is the lack of a return date for injured Santi Cazorla. Even Arsene Wenger doesn’t know when he will be fit to play.

The Spanish midfielder has been out of action since October with an Achilles problem and has not played since the win over Ludogrets.

Wenger had suggested back on November 22 that Cazorla could be two weeks away from returning to the first team but now admits he does not know when he will be back.

He told reporters: “Cazorla I don’t know, honestly. It’s just inflammation. It can go in two days, two weeks – I don’t know.

“He has no setback, the inflammation is just still here. At the moment, it’s stable.”

Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Southampton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night and, having made 10 changes to his team, Wenger insists he has no regrets over his team selection.

“I regret the way the game went,” he added.

“We have played well until now and when you look at the players who didn’t play tonight, they were on the edge physically.

“When you look at the team we had, I don’t think that was the problem. We didn’t have the right urgency from the beginning of the game.”

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Emery: PSG’s Progress Is Coming Slowly

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PSG endured a tumultuous start to the Ligue 1 season, but manager Unai Emery believes they’re making progress, albeit at a slow pace.

The capital club are now second on the table and a point behind Nice at the summit, after recording a 2-0 win over Angers courtesy of goals from Thiago Silva and Cavani.

PSG are currently on an unbeaten streak of 12 games and Emery is glad they’re making progress.

“It was an important match to win, for the three points, for the table and because it was a home game,” Emery said at a news conference.

“We put in a solid performance against a difficult team that was very compact in defence. Ligue 1 is very competitive, with PSG and other good teams like Lyon, Monaco and Saint-Etienne. This is a strong league.

“But I am mainly thinking about our own performances and it pays off if we do our job. I am satisfied with the two goals and we got some more chances. We are slowly making progression.”

Emery’s men will take on Montpellier on Saturday, while Nice face Toulouse.

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EFL Cup Draw: Manchester United And Liverpool Could Meet In Wembley Final

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There’s a high possibility of Manchester United and Liverpool playing the EFL cup final at Wembley, after they missed each other in the semifinal draw.

Manchester United will face Hull City in a home and away fixture, with Klopp’s men facing a Southampton side that shocked Arsenal to a 2-0 win.

Manchester United needed a stoppage time winner from Marcus Rashford to secure the winner against Hull City last time out. This is the first League Cup semifinal the Tigers will play in after beating Newcastle on penalties.

Liverpool will face a familiar foe in Southampton, a side they thrashed 6-1 in this same competition last season.

The first legs of the ties will be held on the week commencing January 9, with the following games a fortnight later.

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Mourinho: Halftime Pep Talk Did The Trick

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Manchester United romped to a 4-1 EFL cup victory over West Ham and Mourinho has credited his halftime pep talk for the victory.

The former Chelsea manager was not in the dugout due to a touchline ban, but the Red Devils secured semifinal spot courtesy of a brace of goals from both Martial and Ibrahimovic.

Manchester United were in control of the proceedings, but went into the break level, which left Mourinho’s men in need of some words of encouragement.

“After their goal we had 10 minutes where we felt it deeply and the players couldn’t hide that, because West Ham’s first shot they equalised,” the United boss, whose side drew Hull City in the last four, told Sky Sports.

“But in the second half the team again got the confidence to play and to win comfortably and playing beautiful, attacking football, which is something the fans like, but we need results.

“I told them at half-time that it’s not possible to play so well and because of a goal you stop playing so well.

“I told them forget the goal. We are playing so well that we have to keep confidence, so forget the undeserved goal. Forget that at half-time we should be winning and we aren’t.

“And in the second half we had the goals. Goals plus performance means the real happiness.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan turned in a man-of-the-match display and the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder may have played his way into contention for a starting berth in the Premier League.

Mourinho added: “I’m so happy because he was against a Premier League team with Premier League qualities and Premier League characteristics.

“That showed clearly his evolution because against Feyenoord [in the Europa League] we could think, ‘Okay, it’s a different profile of football’ – this was against a proper and typical Premier League team and Micky could perform in this way.

“We know the reason we brought him and we were waiting for his evolution and it looks like it’s coming.”

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Lakers’ Young Out For 2-4 Weeks

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Injury season? Los Angeles Lakers have announced that starting guard Nick Young will be out for at least four weeks with a strained right calf muscle.

The team made the announcement in advance of their clash against the Chicago Bulls.

The 31-year-old Lakers man sustained the injury on Tuesday in the Los Angeles franchise’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The shooting guard, who can also play small forward is averaging 13.3 points for the Lakers and has been one of the team’s biggest surprises after two tumultuous seasons under ex-Lakers head coach Byron Scott.

With Young out, the Lakers will be missing their starting backcourt, as Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell is also sidelined with a sore left knee.

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Rooney To Miss Everton Clash Due To Suspension

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Wayne Rooney started his career at Everton and was due to face them this weekend, but will miss that clash due to a suspension after he was handed a yellow against West Ham.

The England international made his debut for the Merseyside outfit at the age of 16, before he swapped for the red of Manchester United.

Rooney will miss the match after receiving a yellow card in the second half of the 4-1 win over West Ham in the EFL cup.

The England captain’s fifth yellow of the season, which results in a straight yellow, came after a clash with Edmilson Fernandes shortly after the break.

He is set to miss a must win match for Manchester United, if they’re to stay in the title race.

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Chapecoense To Honour Fallen Heroes By Playing Last Brasileirao Fixture

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Chapecoense will pay tribute to the players and staff who lost their lives in an air disaster Monday night, by playing their next scheduled league match, according to president Ivan Tozzo.

The flight that was heading for Medellin carrying members of the first team and journalist crashed in Cerro Gordo, with 71 of 77 passengers losing their lives.

The Brazilian club were going to face Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final. The Colombian club has asked CONMEBOL to crown Chapeco champions of the competition.

Previously vice-president, Tozzo has assumed duties at the head of the club.

He revealed on Wednesday that Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo del Nero has requested that they line-up for their Campeonato Brasileiro match against Atletico Mineiro on December 11.

Tozzo said at a news conference: “I spoke with president Marco Polo del Nero and he told me the game against Atletico Mineiro, which is our next game, we’re going to have a big event in Chapeco, which is going to be scheduled.

“I replied to him: ‘But we don’t have 11 players to put on the field!’

“He said to me: ‘You guys have it. You have a base team [Under-20s). Put on the players that are recovering from injury, which is five or six players, and another who is ready to play, and then complete the team with juniors.

“It doesn’t matter what the final score is. We have to have a big party that you deserve, that Chapeco deserves, that the region deserves, that Santa Catarina deserves, and that Brazil deserves.’”

Though Chapecoense’s squad has been decimated by the tragedy, several Brazilian clubs have reportedly offered to loan them players at no cost in order to fulfil their fixtures.

Chapecoense also offered medical updates on their three players to survive the crash.

Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann has had a leg amputated, with doctors also considering whether to amputate his other foot.

Neto was described as being in a “stable medical state”, with Alan Ruschel able to move his limbs after undergoing spinal surgery.

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Enzo Zidane Scores On His Real Madrid Debut

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Real Madrid’s manger’s son, Enzo Zidane scored on his debut for the club in the Copa del Rey.

The 21-year-old Frenchman was a second half substitute in the match against Cultural and needed just 18 minutes to score his first competitive goal for the club.

Madrid went into the second leg of the encounter with a 7-1 advantage and racked up a 3-0 lead in the first half. Mariano’s opener is Madrid’s fastest goal in the competition.

The France U19 international was found on the edge of the box and was able to smash it low beyond goalkeeper Leandro to make it 4-1.

The home side found the net again through Mariano before an own goal made it 6-1 on the day, 13-2 on aggregate.

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