Newly crowned Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final in Paris later this month after they saw off Manchester City in their semifinal tie with the help of extra time. Real Madrid came into the second leg with a one-goal deficit from the first leg and they were able to overcome the deficit to book their place in the final.
English champions Manchester City scored twice in the opening 15 minutes of the first leg, but they were not able to pull away from Real Madrid thanks in part to the brace from Frenchman Karim Benzema either side of the half-time interval. The two goals from Benzema ensured that Real Madrid left the Etihad Stadium with a 4-3 defeat. Brazilian attacker Vinicius Junior scored the other goal for Real Madrid, while the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva were on target for the Premier League holders. Continue reading “UCL FINAL: MADRID TO FACE LIVERPOOL”→
Chelsea lost 4-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League last night and Thomas Tuchel will be desperate for his players to bounce back immediately against the Hammers on Sunday. Meanwhile, David Moyes will be happy that his team have had a full week off for the first time in a very long time. West Ham drew with Burnley at the London Stadium last time out and as a result, they really can’t afford to lose against Chelsea this weekend, if they are to keep their top six hopes alive.
It should be a cracking game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. And if anything, last night’s result proved that the Blues are far from infallible. Chelsea have just been dealt a triple injury blow as well. The west London outfit are already without Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi. And it seems as though Tuchel may be missing three other key players on Sunday… Continue reading ” HUGE INJURY BLOW FOR CHELSEA AHEAD OF WEST HAM CLASH”→
American Jesse Marsch has been named the new Leeds United manager following the dismissal of Marcelo Bielsa earlier this week. Argentine tactician Bielsa was relieved of his duties as the Leeds United manager on Sunday and club officials have wasted no time in announcing his replacement.
Marsch, 48, was confirmed as the new Leeds United manager on Monday evening and he has signed a contract until June 2025. The ex-RB Leipzig manager will assume his role immediately work permit has been finalised. Apart from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, Marsch has also managed teams such as New York Red Bulls in the MLS (Major League Soccer) and Austrian Bundesliga team Red Bull Salzburg. Continue reading “LEEDS: MARSCH REPLACES BIELSA AS MANAGER”→
Brentford have been handed a massive boost on the injury front following the news that first choice goalkeeper David Raya is ready to return to the team. The Spanish shot stopper missed some months due to a serious knee injury andhas now returned to full fitness weeks ahead of schedule.
Raya is almost certain to be in the Brentford squad for the FA Cup tie at struggling Everton. The two teams meet this weekend in the last 32 of the competition with a place in the last 16 the reward for the winning team. Continue reading “FA CUP: BRENTFORD HANDED RAYA BOOST”→
Newcastle United have made their first transfer of the current January transfer window with the signing of England defender Kieran Trippier.
31-year-old Trippierhas joined Newcastle United from Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be around £12m plus add-ons. He had 18 months left on his contract with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid before he made the move to Newcastle United. Trippier has signed a two-and-a-half year deal until the end of the 2023-24 season. Continue reading “NEWCASTLE MAKE FIRST JANUARY SIGNING”→
Merseyside giants Everton have ended their winless streak in the Premier League following the win over Arsenal at the Goodison Park on Monday night. It was the first win in nine Premier League outings for the Toffees.
Everton went into the Arsenal game on the back of an eight-game winless run and a five-point deficit over the relegation zone. The Merseyside giants had to do it the hard way after they came from a goal down at the half-time break to score two second half goals in the space of ten minutes to seal a 2-1 victory at the expense of the Gunners. Continue reading “EVERTON END WINLESS RUN AGAINST ARSENAL”→
Leeds United are out of the relegation zone on the Premier League standings after they defeated bottom team Norwich City 2-1 away from home when the two teams met at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon.
After a goalless situation at the end of first half, Leeds United took advantage of a four-minute spell to score two goals and secure the three points at stake in the process. The away win over the Canaries helped the Whites out of the danger zone as far as Premier League football is concerned. Continue reading “LEEDS CLIMB OUT OF RELEGATION ZONE”→
Manchester City forward Ferran Torres was unstoppable as he led Spain to the UEFA Nations League final ahead of European champions Spain. The ex-Valencia man scored twice in the first half as he helped Spain beat Italy 2-1 in their semi-final clash at the San Siro on Wednesday.
The Italian defence could not cope with the movement of Torres in the box and they were punished on two occasions as a result. Torres scored the first of his two goals on 17 minutes off the assist from Real Sociedad star Mikel Oyarzabal. Continue reading “NATIONS LEAGUE: TORRES AT THE DOUBLE”→
While they have been criticized for their inability to find buyers for players they are no longer in need of, English Premier League giants Manchester United have made it clear that they can still sell some of their unneeded players as long as the right offer comes in for them. The Red Devils have completed the sale of attacker Daniel James to their Premier League rivals Leeds United even though the negotiations between the two clubs started just a few hours before on Tuesday, the summer transfer window deadline day. James was already surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo would have seen his chances of playing in the team more restricted than normal.
Manchester United announced that they had agreed a deal in principle for the signing of Ronaldo from Juventus and it was indeed a huge piece of news, especially to United fans, as they have now had their hopes of seeing their club fighting for major titles go over the ceiling. James had always made headlines particularly because of his lack of playing time and there were reports that he could be allowed to leave the club and join another side on loan for the rest of the current campaign.
Manchester City are continuing to grow in confidence that they can get a deal over the line for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish after already opening transfer negotiations for the England international midfielder some days ago. City manager Pep Guardiola has already made it clear to the club’s hierarchy that he would love to have the Aston Villa captain in his team and they have been working on the deal to try and complete it as quickly as possible. Grealish is said to be keen on a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer and it has continued to look like the 25-year-old will finally make his dream switch to the Premier League champions as it continues to look like a matter of when and not if it will happen.
Grealish is one of the most sought-after players in the Premier League and has been chased by Manchester United in recent times as well but the Red Devils decided not to sign him because of the huge transfer fee that has been slapped on his head. Villa have said that for any deal to happen, they first want to negotiate with a club that will be willing to pay his £100 million transfer fee and as things are going currently, City are looking like they will pay up the cash and seal the transfer. Continue reading “CITY CONFIDENT THEY CAN GET A DEAL DONE FOR GREALISH”→