Day: February 13, 2020

The pressure is on City in Champions League bid
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The pressure is on City in Champions League bid

Manchester City are under more pressure than ever before to win the Champions League having surrendered their Premier League crown to Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s men were outstanding for the past two seasons in the English top-flight, winning the title with a level of excellence not seen in the Premier League era. However, the Spaniard has watched his side fail three times on the bounce in Europe and he will be feeling the heat more than most to deliver the Champions League crown. It is one of the few criticisms that have been levied against Guardiola. Since his departure from Barcelona, he has not been able to win the ultimate prize in Europe during his time with Bayern Munich, and his four years at the Etihad Stadium. Given Liverpool’s exploits by triumphing in Europe after failing ...
Official! Chelsea agree deal with Ajax for Ziyech
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Official! Chelsea agree deal with Ajax for Ziyech

Chelsea FC have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Morocco international Hakim Ziyech at the end of the 2019/20 football season. The news was announced by Ajax via the club's official Twitter account on Thursday as well as on Chelsea FC's official website. https://twitter.com/AFCAjax/status/1227925497990041600 Football journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that Chelsea will pay a fee of £38 million for him
Reiss Nelson backs Arteta to help him shine like Sterling and Sane
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Reiss Nelson backs Arteta to help him shine like Sterling and Sane

Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson has backed Mikel Arteta to turn him into a top player after seeing him play a part in the transformation of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane at Manchester City. It can be recalled that Arteta was formerly Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City where he played a role in the development of the aforementioned duo, and Nelson is hoping to follow in their footsteps. “It is crazy because you look at Sterling and Sane and you see them before at their previous teams, they weren’t doing what they do now,” said the 20-year-old. “I think that is credit to Pep, of course, but Mikel as well because they said he did a lot of one-to-one work with them. “You can see it because Mikel’s drive is different. I haven’t seen a manager with that much determination to ...
Conte left frustrated after Coppa Italia loss to Napoli
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Conte left frustrated after Coppa Italia loss to Napoli

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has voiced his frustrations after Wednesday's semi-final Coppa Italia 1 nil loss to Napoli at home. He made it clear that Napoli were the better side on the day and also have an impressive squad. He also blamed his side, admitting that they have a long way to go and are just at the beginning of the journey. “The derby took away a lot of energy, especially nervous,” he began “I made five changes from Sunday to bring in fresh legs, but Napoli beat Juventus, Lazio and Liverpool this season, so that means they’ve got quality there. READ: Ajax boss Ten Hag – Ziyech plotted departure a long time ago ”I’d say that, after Juventus, Napoli have the most impressive squad in Serie A. ”Gennaro Gattuso was smart to sit back, wait and go on the counter. W...
Ajax boss Ten Hag – Ziyech plotted departure a long time ago
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Ajax boss Ten Hag – Ziyech plotted departure a long time ago

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has suggested that Chelsea-bound Hakim Ziyech had mapped out his future before now. The Stamford Bridge outfit are closing in on a deal for the winger after agreeing a fee for him in the region of £38million on Wednesday. The 26-year-old will now hold talks with Chelsea over personal terms and it is expected that no issues will arise while he will sign a deal that will ensure he joins the Blues in the summer. The Eredivisie giants are happy to allow the sale of Ziyech after receiving the fee they were holding out for with regards to the player's valuation. However, they're shocked that none of Europe's biggest clubs tried to test their resolve earlier. In a chat with Fox Sports, Ten Hag revealed: “Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to ...
Guardiola believes he could be sacked if City lose to Madrid in the UCL
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Guardiola believes he could be sacked if City lose to Madrid in the UCL

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will face Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League. They'll travel to the Bernabeu for the first leg of the encounter on February 26. Man City have never progressed to the final of the competition and have also not reached the last four since Pep Guardiola took charge at the Etihad. They currently sit 22 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League and will now focus on their European exertions. Regardless, the Spaniard has admitted that it won't be easy to triumph due to his side's lack of historic Champions League experience. “That’s why it is so difficult to win it. And in 100 and more seasons of history for Manchester City, it was 100 seasons of failure – that is not true,” he told Football Daily. “There are many i...
Fleetwood boss Joey Barton charged by FA for improper language
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Fleetwood boss Joey Barton charged by FA for improper language

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton has been charged by the FA for allegedly using foul language on a match official. Barton was set off in the 94th minute of his side's League victory against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday. It is the second time has been charged with improper language this season as this charge was preceded by a one-game touchline ban in December. The manager has until February 17 to respond to the charge. Meanwhile, Barton told BBC Radio Lancashire after the match: "I spoke to the referee about why I was sent off. He told me why. It's incorrect and we'll wait for the match report and speak to the FA. READ: UAE grants Gold visa to Cristiano Ronaldo "Usually if I've been in the wrong I hold my hands up. On this occasion, I think the fourth official's made a mistake. ...
UAE grants Gold visa to Cristiano Ronaldo
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UAE grants Gold visa to Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest celebrity to be handed a golden residency visa in the UAE. The UAE Cabinet announced earlier in the month, that promising athletes in the UAE would be eligible for gold visas after the approval of its new residency scheme on Sunday, February 2. However, very few would have put Cristiano Ronaldo on the list to benefit from the Gold Card initiative. The move comes within the cabinet's decision to grant a package to long-term visas, as well as confirm the position of the state as the ideal incubator for scientists, creators, and entrepreneurs. READ: Chelsea considering summer move for Hakim Ziyech Ronaldo has achieved many remarkable records in his career such as scoring over 700 goals in more than 1,000 appearances amongst other...