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EPL: Tuchel reveals two key players to miss Chelsea’s clash with Norwich City

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that two key players will miss his side’s Premier League clash with Norwich City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

According to Tuchel, the two players are Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

The former PSG manager said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference.

Chelsea head to the game following a 4-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League in the mid-week.

Tuchel’s side are currently on top of the Premier League table with 19 points from eight games.

“There is no big news for Romelu and Timo,” Tuchel said.

“They are out for tomorrow and they are out for the Southampton game, and from there, we see what’s next.

He added, “I don’t think it makes sense to go into speculation about how long this is going to be. If we had done this with Christian Pulisic, maybe you would think I’m a liar and I’m hiding something. You never know. Things can be shorter or longer than expected.

“The one thing I can tell you for sure is they are both in treatment. Both are feeling positive, not too worried, and are out for the next two games for sure.”

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EPL: Man Utd suffer major injury doubt ahead of Liverpool clash

Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of Bruno Fernandes ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool, the UK Sun reports.

Fernandes was seen “limping heavily” during a warm down session following United’s 3-2 win against Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

It would be a huge blow for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the 27-year-old is eventually ruled out of the crunch game.

United have not won their last three Premier League fixtures and the comeback victory over Atalanta only bought under pressure Solskjaer more time.

If the Red Devils lose to Liverpool on Sunday, they would fall seven points behind their fierce rivals after nine league matches.

Fernandes has scored four goals in 12 appearances in all competitions for United so far this season.

Solskjaer also has concerns over Marcus Rashford, who got a dead leg against the Italian side, but believes he will be passed fit for Sunday.

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EPL: Thomas Tuchel names Hudson-Odoi’s best position at Chelsea

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has said that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s best position is the Blues’ left wing.

Tuchel also said that Hudson-Odoi, 20, needs to help as a right wing-back occasionally.

The German said this following Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Chelsea defeated Malmo, thanks to a brace from Jorginho and a strike each from Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz.

Hudson-Odoi delivered an impressive performance on the left flank of Chelsea’s attack as Tuchel acknowledged his display against the visitors.

“This is his best position, I know,” Tuchel told beIN Sports.

“Sometimes he needs to help as a right wing-back, so he needs to take it for the team.

“But we know the half left position upfront is his best position.”

Chelsea’s next match is against Norwich City in the English Premier League, EPL, on Saturday.

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NFF returns Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles assistant coach three years after bribery ban

 

The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation has approved the reinstatement of Coach Salisu Yusuf to his position as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles and Head Coach of the Super Eagles B team, with effect from 1st November 2021.

 

The NFF made this known in a press statement by its spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, on Thursday.

 

The statement quoted the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, as annuncing the re-instatement of the former Kano Pillars, Enyimba FC and Rangers International FC gaffer by the NFF Board was on the recommendation of the NFF Technical Department.

 

The statement added, “Highly respected for his match–reading ability, calm demeanour and proficiency in talent discovery and development, Yusuf, in his playing days featured for Rancher Bees of Kaduna and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, among others.

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You should have left Juventus earlier – Chiellini hits out at Ronaldo

Juventus captain, Giorgio Chiellini, has hit out at Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, for deciding to join the Red Devils very late in the summer transfer window.

Chiellini insisted that Juventus ‘paid’ for Ronaldo’s late departure by losing points at the start of the Serie A season.

Recall that Ronaldo started the current campaign with Juventus, where he had spent the last three seasons, but decided to rejoin his former club Man United in the final week of August for a £19.7million transfer fee.

Speaking to DAZN Italia, Chiellini said, “Ronaldo left on 28 August, it would have been better for us if he had left earlier.

“We paid something for it, a little bit of a shock, we paid something for it in terms of points. If he had left earlier, we would have had time to prepare better.”

Juventus currently sit in the seventh position on the Serie A table with 14 points from eight games.

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BREAKING: Super Eagles drop two places in latest FIFA rankings

 

Nigeria have dropped two places in the latest FIFA men’s rankings for the month of October.

 

The Super Eagles, who were ranked 34th in the world in the ranking released in September, dropped 14 points to 36th.

 

The Eagles’ drop in the rankings was largely due to their 1-0 home defeat to Central African Republic in their 2022 World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

 

Gernot Rohr’s men would go on to beat CAR 2-0 in the reverse fixture of their doubleheader, but it was not enough to prevent them from dropping in the rankings.

 

However, the three-time African champions are still the fifth-ranked team in Africa, with Senegal also retaining their number one spot on the continent and 20th in the world. They are followed by second-place Tunisia, who also dropped one place in the world to 27th.

 

Morocco moved above African champions Algeria into third place, while Nigeria complete the top five places in Africa.

 

Meanwhile, Belgium remain the number one ranked side despite losing two matches in the UEFA Nations League.

 

Brazil are second, with France moving ahead of England into third position. Italy also moved up one spot into fourth place, while The Three Lions round up the top five spots.

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UEFA names Jorginho, Salah, others in Champions League team (Full list)

UEFA on Thursday named Chelsea’s Jorginho and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the Champions League team of this week.

UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website today following the conclusion of the group stage, match-day three fixtures on Wednesday night.

Both Jorginho and Salah were impressive for their respective clubs against Malmo and Atletico Madrid.

Below is the UEFA Champions League team of the week:

Goalkeeper:

Ivo Grbić (LOSC)

Defenders:

Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP)

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)

Daley Blind (Ajax)

Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

Midfielders:

Leroy Sané (Bayern)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Jorginho (Chelsea)

Noah Okafor (Salzburg)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

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How i stopped Thierry Henry from scoring against me – Taribo West reveals

 

Ex-Super Eagles centre-back Taribo West has responded to France legend Thierry Henry’s comments that he was the defender he dreaded most during his playing career.

The Arsenal legend, while speaking on CBS Sports on Tuesday, admitted he endured a torrid time against the Nigerian centre-back during his active days.

Despite being rated as one of the most potent strikers of all time, Henry, now the assistant coach of Belgium, admitted Taribo was the hardest opponent he played against.

“For direct opponent, I would go back in the days – Taribo West,” Henry said. “Because at Auxerre, they did man-marking. He followed you everywhere, even in the dressing room.”

Renowned for his unusual and colourful hairstyles, the former Inter Milan star praised Henry for his qualities but said he never gave him the chance to score against him, just like he did to other top strikers.

 “While I was in France, Auxerre manager Guy Roux assigned me to always man-mark Thierry Henry until he moved to Juventus where he was not really a regular. I also moved to Inter Milan,” Taribo revealed.

“During the time I played against him, Henry was a very good player, it was very difficult to mark him as a younger player because he had pace, knew how to dribble and could score good goals.

“But he never scored against me. I didn’t allow him to score because I never gave him breathing space. I can say in Europe that most of the top strikers never scored against me. The only player that scored twice against me was Lyon’s Florian Maurice in France and he wasn’t that popular. Even the great George Weah never scored against me. Think of all the top scorers in the world, none of them scored against me.”

The Olympic gold medallist also talked on how he frustrated his opponents during his time.

“Auxerre manager then Roux adopted the man-marking style and he usually assigned the toughest strikers to me because I was very strong. Once he assigned me to a striker, I would follow them anywhere, even down to their own goalposts.

“I was very difficult to play against and if you didn’t have the strength you would die because I would mark you out.”

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Dillian Whyte reacts as his fight with Otto Wallin is cancelled

Dillian Whyte has said he is “devastated” after his fight against Otto Wallin was cancelled.

The bout which was scheduled for October 30 if off, after the British heavyweight contender suffered a shoulder injury.

Whyte has now been forced to withdraw from his WBC interim title defence against Wallin.

The 33-year-old is currently the front runner to challenge WBC champion Tyson Fury, who was ordered to make a mandatory defence against the WBC interim champion earlier this month.

“I am devastated as I had a great camp, was in great shape, and had great sparring.

“I was looking forward to knocking Wallin out and would have done so in the first half of the fight.

“I am devastated about not being able to fight on October 30 but I want to thank everyone for all of their support,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

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Champions League: Barcelona revive title hopes with 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv

Gerard Pique sparked Barcelona’s flailing Champions League campaign into life on Wednesday by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, a victory that was witnessed by a half-empty Camp Nou.

The attendance was recorded at 45,968, with several blocks of seating filled by only a handful of supporters for a game coach Ronald Koeman said the team had to win to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

After losing both of their opening games in Group E 3-0 to Bayern Munich and Benfica, Barcelona needed victory to resuscitate their chances of progress and avoid the embarrassment of going out in the group stage for the first time since 2000.

Pique at least ensured the job was done in that regard, his close-range finish towards the end of a dreary first half enough to get Barca up and running, with a crucial game away in Kiev now to come in two weeks’ time.

Before then, they face Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season on Sunday, when another win would make it a hugely positive week for Koeman, whose future looked bleak when the team lost to Atletico Madrid before the international break.

That game will also be at Camp Nou and it remains to be seen if the number of Barcelona fans in attendance improves.

An early kick-off may well not have helped and there is undoubtedly still some nervousness lingering from the Covid-19 pandemic, both locally and among travelling supporters.

But it is hard not to conclude fans are also less enthused by a team that lost Lionel Messi in the close season and had lost their last three Champions League matches in a row at home, as many as they managed in the previous 74.

Pique’s goal made him Barcelona’s oldest ever Champions League goalscorer at 34 years and 260 days old but the most excitement these days surrounds the 18-year-old Ansu Fati, who is expected to ease fears around his future by signing a new contract on Thursday.

Fati, whose deal currently expires at the end of the season, is still being eased back into action after 11 months out with injury.

He came on as a substitute after starting against Valencia on Sunday and, presumably, with greater involvement planned against Real Madrid this weekend.

Barcelona could have been ahead inside two minutes but Sergino Dest, playing on the right of the front three instead of right-back, nodded over from a yard at the back post.

Luuk de Jong also headed over the kind of chance he is in the team to score but Barca hardly deserved the lead, their play stunted and hesitant, lacking any of the fizz expected of a side trying to stay in the competition.

The crowd were as flat as the team, neither one really encouraging the other, until the sight of Fati emerging down the touchline to warm up suddenly raised the fans from their stupor.

The players felt it too, the buzz reaching them on the pitch, and within moments Pique was left free at the back post to meet Jordi Alba’s cross on the half-volley, the ball flying in.

Fati came on with Philippe Coutinho at half-time and should have scored. He earned the chance by rushing Dynamo goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan but had his back to goal when Memphis Depay hooked it back to him. Fati could have laid back to Coutinho but instead scooped the ball up and flicked wide.

The game drifted and without a second goal, Barcelona briefly grew anxious. A better opponent might have turned the screw in the latter stages but Dynamo never created the decisive chance and Barca sealed a much-needed win.