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Zidane Surrenders to Neymar

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has lauded praise on Barcelona’s Neymar calling him a ‘crowd pleaser’.
It is one of the first times Zidane, as Real manager, has spoken publicly of his admiration for the Brazilian – a player he would like to bring to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Mourinho confident of getting Man United job

Jose Mourinho and his representatives are increasingly confident he will be Manchester United manager next season, sources have told ESPN FC, although a deal has yet to be signed.

The Portuguese’s camp now believe there is significant enthusiasm for his appointment among key members of the Old Trafford hierarchy, with Louis van Gaal expected to leave in the summer.

 

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Manchester United thrown in confussion

Ed Woodward is a top financier. ‘Straight out of the corporate cookie jar’ is how colleagues describe Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman.

Now, he’s facing the business decision of his life; does he respond to Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City by producing his own big beast, Jose Mourinho, or stick to the United way and give club legend Ryan Giggs the reins when Louis van Gaal goes.

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Sanchez a gamble for stoke trip says Wenger.

Arsene Wenger has yet to decide whether new signing Mohamed Elneny or star forward Alexis Sanchez will play against Stoke City on Sunday.

Wenger said on Friday that holding midfielder Elneny is available for selection after completing his transfer from Swiss club Basel on Thursday, but may not be in the squad this weekend depending on which other players are available.

 

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Pep is a genius says Bayern Douglas Costa

Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa has praised Pep Guardiola as a “genius” but has no intention of leaving the club when the coach exits at the end of the season.

Douglas Costa, 25, has enjoyed a successful start to life at Bayern following his summer move from Shakhtar Donetsk, and he was this week named the Bundesliga’s best outfield player in kicker’s prestigious player poll.

 

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Mikel ‘Ideal’ to bring balance says Hiddink.

Guus Hiddink insists that Jon Obi Mikel is the “ideal player” to bring balance to Chelsea’s midfield after the Nigeria international shone in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Mikel was a surprise starter alongside the returning Cesc Fabregas at Selhurst Park with Nemanja Matic dropping to the bench, and completed 78 of 82 passes from the base of midfield as Chelsea produced their most convincing performance of the season to move six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

 

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Arrogance is part of my success says Ronaldo.

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo said that he isn’t bothered by those who criticise him for being overconfident.

“There are people who hate me, who say I’m vain, or arrogant, or this or that,”Ronaldo said in an interview to be published in Sunday’s El Mundo newspaper in Spain. “That’s part of my success. I was born to be the best. That’s the way I am, and if all my achievements in football are down to that, then I wouldn’t change a thing. I go to bed every night with a clear conscience and sleep perfectly well.”

 

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Neymar is my heir proclaims, Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho believes Barcelona star Neymar has all the right attributes to dominate the game at both club and country level, believing the 23-year-old will be the ‘face of Brazil for plenty of years to come.’

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year insists his countryman is already of the required level to be crowned a Ballon d’Or winner, after enjoying a remarkable 2015 with his club side in Spain.

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We need Kompany back says Pellegrini.

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini is praying for the return of injured captain Vincent Kompany to shore up his team’s defence and keep them in the hunt for the Premier League title.

Speaking to reporters after his side lost 2-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, their fifth league defeat of the season, Pellegrini said that the return of key players was vital if they are to overtake the Gunners and surprise leaders Leicester City in 2016.

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Chelsea guns down Sunderland with 3 goals.

To their credit, Chelsea fans are nothing if not consistent. They love Jose Mourinho and no amount of goals would deter them from their devotion. ‘Where you when when we were s***,’ they sang at their own players on Saturday as they went into a 3-0 lead.

They stood up for the Special One and when Cesc Fabregas’ and Diego Costa’s names were announced, they booed roundly. When those players were substituted, they booed again and when Costa walked off they produced another chorus of ‘Jose Mourinho,’ just to make the point clear.

Costa looked as though he were considering offering the entire stadium outside.

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Suarez scores hat trick easy as 1,2,3.

Unlike on the Ballon d’Or shortlist, there was no Lionel Messi and there was no Neymar, but there was a Luis Suarez.

And the Uruguayan forward did what he does best; being the judge, jury and executioner of Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande in Yokohama, scoring a hat-trick to send Barcelona through to the Club World Cup final against River Plate on Sunday.

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Man United board concerned by player unrest

Manchester United are increasingly concerned about disenchantment with Louis van Gaal’s managerial approach among the players and will discuss the situation just before the January transfer window.

Sources has been told that some senior members of the squad have even privately complained to club officials about the restrictive style of play and Van Gaal’s strict nature.

 

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I’ll kick Vardy if it means helping my team win.

Branislav Ivanovic has revealed he would be happy to do all it takes to prevent Jamie Vardy from adding to his impressive goal tally as Leicester prepare to face Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.

Claudio Ranieri’s side can return to the top of the Premier League table on Monday night with victory over the Blues, who are now just a point above the relegation zone following the weekend’s results.

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My team aren’t good enough says Van Gaal.

Manchester United want Louis van Gaal to carry on as their manager next season despite growing discontent among their fans and the likely availability next summer of Europe’s No 1 managerial target, Pep Guardiola.

United were booed off at Old Trafford on Saturday after their fifth goalless draw in nine matches against West Ham. Their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League rest on negotiating a tricky game in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

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Chelsea in fresh troubles again.

Chelsea’s season was meandering on towards mediocrity at Stamford Bridge when it was suddenly tossed on to the rapids again. Labouring towards a goalless draw against lowly, injury-ravaged Bournemouth, Chelsea were sunk by a late winner from the visitors’ substitute Glenn Murray. It was his first touch.

Boos rang around the ground again when the final whistle confirmed another Chelsea defeat in this season that has been startling for its ordinariness. The idea that Jose Mourinho’s job might be under pressure has been banished for a while but this reverse put it back on the agenda.

Chelsea are now 14 points behind Manchester United, who occupy fourth place in the Premier League, and even though none of the top teams are showing much appetite for the title chase, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season.

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Barca’s trio ‘MSN’ benefit from their oil well.

To say that Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are on fire is a blatant understatement. Their recent performances have been so impressive that the Barcelona faithful are already dreaming of a back-to-back repeat of their historical treble-winning season.

Having seen their team march to an astonishing 20-1 combined scoreline in the five matches played in November, Cules are right to raise the bar of their expectations as long as their lethal front-line continue to excel.

 

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Barca’s form won’t last says Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has warned table-topping rivals Barcelona that their sensational recent form in La Liga and the Champions League could end abruptly at any point.

Barca, who have smashed home 11 goals in their last three La Liga games, currently sit four points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table, while Real Madrid sit a further two points behind.

Madrid were on the receiving end of four of those goals during the recent El Clasico mauling, but after winning 22 games in a row last season, Ramos knows Barca’s fortunes can change quickly.

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I’m positive on returning to form says Hazard.

Eden Hazard says discussion over his best position will stop once he starts scoring for Chelsea again.

With Diego Costa relegated to the bench, Hazard was played in the No. 9 position in the 0-0 draw at Tottenham on Sunday.

Hazard enjoyed the freedom of his new role, heading over with one good chance and then seeing a volley well saved by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. But he is still without a goal this season as a debate on where he should be playing continues.

 

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Benched Costa privileged says Mourinho.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he has “no problems” with Diego Costa despite leaving the striker on the bench against Tottenham Hotspur.

Costa was an unused substitute as Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

On Friday, Mourinho asked the Spain International, who has scored three Premier League goals this season, to give him more when not on the ball.

Costa was seen throwing off his bib during the match at Spurs, and Mourinho said: “If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems.”

 

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Neymar ‘the creator and finisher of goal’.

Neymar played creator and finisher as FC Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Camp Nou to keep their place at the top of La Liga.

The Brazilian was in sensational form yet again, darting across the pitch to cause problems for the away team, proving generous in his creation of chances, finishing off two of the Blaugrana’s goals, and assisting on the fourth.

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Pellegrini plays down Messi transfer.

Manuel Pellegrini says every manager in the world would love to have Lionel Messi in his team -but shrugged off reports that Barcelona’s record scorer is set to join Manchester City.

The 2014 Premier League champions have been linked with the Argentina regularly over the years and on Friday reports emerged that they are willing to pay the four-time World Player of the Year £800,000 a week.

 

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Chelsea to launch move for Harry Kane.

Chelsea are prepared to launch a full-scale attempt to land England hotshot Harry Kane next summer.

The Barclays Premier League champions have joined Manchester United in taking admiring glances at the Tottenham striker.

Stamford Bridge scouts will use Sunday’s clash against Spurs to add to their dossier of the striker.

 

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Bayern Munich run riot in opening 20 minutes.

Ten-man Bayern Munich eased into the Champions League knockout stages after demolishing Greece’s Olympiacos 4-0 on Tuesday to secure top spot in Group F with a game to spare.

The German champions, who had Holger Badstuber sent off early in the second half with a straight red card, were unstoppable in the opening 20 minutes, scoring three times to put the game to bed early.

Douglas Costa struck after eight minutes, Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead after 16 minutes with Thomas Muller adding another four minutes later as dazed Olympiacos found no answer to the continuous attacks.

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Carles Puyol set to become a players’ agent.

Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has launched a new career as a players’ agent and reportedly begun targeting promising La Liga-based defenders as his first clients.

Puyol, 37, retired at the end of the 2013-14 season, having won three Champions Leagues and six La Liga titles during 15 seasons as a Barca player, while also claiming the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup trophies with Spain.

 

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I was close to death says FIFA President.

Sepp Blatter said he was “between the angels who were singing and the devil who was lighting the fire” during his recent health scare, and backed suspended UEFA president Michel Platini to succeed him at FIFA.

Last week, FIFA president Blatter, 79, and Platini, 60, had their appeals against 90-days suspension rejected by the governing body’s appeal.

The Provisional bans had been handed down after it emerged that Swiss authorities were investigating a two million Swiss franc (£1.35m) payment made by FIFA to Platini for work that was carried out nine years previously.

 

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Barcelona crushes Real Madrid at El Clasico.

It brought back memories of Ronaldinho against Real Madrid back in 2005, when the Bernabeu stood up to applaud the Brazilian’s match-winning performance.

So when Andres Iniesta’s number came up, it was fitting that the entire stadium rose to their feet to salute the playmaker as he left the pitch.

The Spain international was nothing short of sensational as he helped Barcelona thrash rivals Real and the supporters inside the Bernabeu appreciated his performance.

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Gareth Bale ready for El Clasico Clash.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is hoping to strike fear into the Barcelona defenders as he declares he is ‘ready for battle’ ahead of the first Clasico of the season.

Los Blancos welcome La Liga leaders Barca to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening looking to knock Luis Enrique’s side off the top of the table.

Bale has only played twice for Real Madrid in the last six weeks after aggravating a calf injury shortly after playing for Wales against Andorra when Chris Coleman’s side had already sealed Euro 2016 qualification.

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I promise magic at Euro 2016 says Ibrahimovic.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has promised ‘magic’ after leading Sweden to Euro 2016 – but says the time has passed for him to deliver fireworks in the Premier League.

The 34-year-old PSG forward was in sensational form for Sweden on Tuesday night, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw with Denmark that gave his country a 4-3 aggregate win and prolonged his international career.

He famously said ‘a World Cup without me is nothing to watch’ after Sweden failed to qualify for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

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England Outclassed in a 2-0 win by Spain.

What was it Pink Floyd sang? Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way. This would appear to be the tactical gameplan for Euro 2016, too.

Limited in ambition, limited in execution, England lost in Alicante, but football won. Sorry, but there is more to the game than this. There is hope and beauty and technique, and Spain took all the plaudits that mattered at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez, including the one that matters most: the victory.

That the goal which as good as decided the game was one of the most exquisite of the season only underlined the difference in these teams. While England tried to smother the match, or steal it, Spain claimed the win with a move that reached for the stars.

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Ronaldo picks Messi to win Ballon d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo says the 2014-15 campaign was “probably the best season of my career,” but he still predicted that Lionel Messi will win the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time in January

The Real Madrid star is a candidate to win his fourth at the ceremony in Zurich, but he admitted Messi has the advantage this year after the Argentine led Barcelona to the Treble last season.

“To be honest I think Messi is going to win this year because this kind of trophy, it depends on votes,” he said on The Jonathan Ross Show, set to air on Saturday night.

 

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Ibrahimovic wins his 10th Guldbollen.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Swedish footballer of the year for the tenth time in his career – his ninth win in a row – and has called on his international team-mates to give their all in the upcoming Euro 2016 play-offs against Denmark.

The Paris St Germain striker has had a stellar year, winning last season’s Ligue 1 title – the 12th league crown of his career – and scoring 30 goals in 35 appearances.

The former Inter Milan and Barcelona forward is this week looking to spearhead Sweden’s charge to next summer’s European Championship in France and is viewing the two play-off encounters with Denmark as finals.

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Neymar nicknamed the new Ronaldinho.

One of Lionel Messi’s few regrets in football is that he never got to play for longer with Ronaldinho.

The image of him being carried on the Brazilian’s back as they celebrated Messi’s first goal for Barcelona aged 17 in 2005 illustrates just how much fun it was.

That goal came from a scooped Ronaldinho assist – how many more would there have been if he had still been at the club in the 2008-09 season when the Argentine really began to blossom? Their partnership, like Ronaldinho’s time at the top, ended too soon.

 

 

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Mourinho’s time almost up after Stoke defeat.

The wind whipped around the Britannia Stadium before the match on Saturday night. As a bugler played a haunting rendition of The Last Post to honour Remembrance Day in the silence of the packed stadium, a line of Stoke City mascots shivered in the cold, cowering against the breeze. Somewhere, in a warm place miles away, Jose Mourinho settled into a chair.

This was still about him, of course, even though he was the man who wasn’t there. It was about him precisely because he was the man who wasn’t there.

The Chelsea fans did their bit to join in the spirit of his stadium ban by wearing Mourinho masks to confuse things even further.

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Jesse Lingard scores first goal for the club.

Jesse Lingard scored his first goal for Manchester United to break West Brom’s strong resistance and spare the blushes of his manager, Louis van Gaal.

Frustrated United fans, who had seen their team fail to score in the Premier League for 260 minutes, were chanting ‘attack, attack’ when Lingard controlled Chris Brunt’s headed clearance early in the second half and drilled home from 18 yards with a curling finish.

Juan Mata added a late second from the penalty spot after Gareth McAuley had tripped Anthony Martial and been sent off as a result.

 

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it will feel odd without Mourinho says Matic.

Nemanja Matic admits he is unsure what to expect when Chelsea face Stoke City without manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss will serve his one-match stadium ban this weekend as punishment for confronting referee Jon Moss at half-time during his side’s 2-1 defeat by West Ham last month.

He will likely watch Chelsea’s evening encounter at the Britannia from the team’ s nearby hotel, and Matic – whose first-half sending off at Upton Park was the catalyst for his manager’s fury and subsequent misconduct charge – concedes his absence will be ‘strange’.

I’ve been here (at Chelsea) almost two years and we have not played without a coach yet, so it is going to be strange,’ the Serbian midfielder said.

‘Of course it is easier when the coach is on the bench and especially at half-time when he can say something. But we also have other great coaches and they will be prepared for everything, and we have to be ready for that.’

As has become increasingly evident during Chelsea’s poor start to the season, which has seen them slip to 15th in the Barclays Premier League table, Mourinho is not afraid to make his presence felt on the touchline. But can the players actually hear him?

‘Not really,’ Matic said. ‘But sometimes when the game stops and there is a foul, he shows with his hands… and you know what you have to do.’

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Deadly duo Neymar and Suarez at it again.

Neymar and Luis Suarez were at it again at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night with the Brazilian scoring twice and the Uruguayan once in a comfortable win over BATE Borisov.

Lionel Messi is almost definitely out of the November 21 Clasico but with Suarez and Neymar in this sort of goalscoring form the team might just make it through until his return.

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Ozil ‘most intelligent player’ says Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm has called his Germany teammate Mesut Ozil the “most intelligent” footballer he’s played with and credits the Arsenal midfielder’s quality as the main reason for his team’s success this season.

Ozil, 27, and Lahm, 32, will be adversaries on Wednesday when Arsenal travel to Bayern Munich for the second of two Champions League group stage matches between the clubs. Arsenal beat bayern 2-0 two weeks ago, with Ozil providing a late goal to clinch the win.

Ahead of the return match in Bavaria, Lahm has said Ozil, who is Europe’s top-rated attacking mildfielder, is largely responsible for turning Arsenal into challengers.

 

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Lampard backs Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has asked critics to back off of Blues star Eden Hazard as the Belgium international struggles to produce his best this season.

Hazard was named the Premier League Player of the Season last campaign as Chelsea rolled to a wire-to-wire league title. Jose Mourinho’s men have disappointed throughout the start of 2015-16, with the 24-year-old coming in for much criticism for his failure to provide match-winning performances.

“I love Eden Hazard as a player, I was fortunate enough to play with him, his ability is frightening,” Lampard said on Monday.

“I think we forget he’s a young boy, he’s come onto the scene these last couple of years, he’s never had a moment like this in his career.

 

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Jose Mourinho’s crisis deepens at Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho crisis continues as Eden Hazard fancies Real Madrid move

Jose Mourinho has been stunned by allegations that morale is so low in the Chelsea dressing room that one of his players would ‘rather lose than win’.

The incredible claim was made by respected BBC 5 Live presenter Garry Richardson during his long-established Sportsweek programme on Sunday morning.

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Yaya Toure unhappy with Manuel Pellegrini.

Manchester City match-winner Yaya Toure ended up walking down the tunnel before the final whistle after appearing upset at being taken off in injury-time by manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Toure had converted City’s 89th minute winner against Norwich from the spot but was withdrawn for Martin Demichelis in the fourth minute of added time as Pellegrini sought to preserve their 2-1 advantage.

The Ivory Coast midfielder looked animated as he spoke to his manager and pointed his finger as if to make a tactical point.

Pellegrini tried to pat him on the arm as a gesture of conciliation but the 32-year-old headed for the dressing-room.

There is no suggestion a bust-up occurred in the changing room, following Toure’s decision to head down the tunnel.

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Arsenal humbles Swansea after a 3 -1 win.

While Jose Mourinho turns over the coals, the manager he mocks more than any other is rolling around in laughter at the other end of the Barclays Premier League.

There were times here when Arsene Wenger simply could not help but smile. This was not his team at their best because, quite simply, they still looked vulnerable to silly lapses of thought.

But this is also a side that has developed that beautiful knack of burying their shortcomings underneath piles of wins. They did it in winning 3-0 at Watford a fortnight ago and they did again in south Wales on Saturday, riding the difficulties of a close first half before pounding Swansea into the dirt.

That makes five Premier League wins in a row and they are scoring bucket loads. Olivier Giroud’s opener was the 2,000th goal Arsenal have scored under Wenger’s management in all competitions and was quickly followed by a questionable strike for Laurent Koscielny – Garry Monk felt Lukasz Fabianski was fouled in the build up – and a 73rd-minute goal for Joel Campbell.

 

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Names won’t hurt me says Louis Van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal has hit back at criticism from Paul Scholes that Manchester United are dull, saying: ‘Sticks and stones will hurt my bones but names will never hurt me!’

Old Trafford legend Scholes has complained about a ‘lack of risk and creativity’, claiming that he would not like to play in the current United side whose last two games have ended in goalless draws.

Van Gaal insisted that his team do take risks and entertain, and accused Scholes of making the comments because he was being paid by the media

The Dutchman said: ‘He (Scholes) doesn’t have the responsibility, so he can say everything. Why is he saying something? For the benefit of the club or the benefit of himself?

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Diego Costa to have fitness assessed.

Jose Mourinho will speak with Chelsea medical staff on Thursday before deciding whether Diego Costa is fit enough to face Liverpool after damaging his ribs against Stoke City.

Costa was substituted after 33 minutes of the Capital One Cup tie at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday after a collision with Stoke keeper Jack Butland.

The Chelsea forward was sent for scans in hospital on Tuesday evening and there are fears that he will be forced to miss the critical clash with Liverpool.

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Wenger blasts Arsenal’s youngsters.

Arsene Wenger defended his decision to rest so many experienced players but admitted his starlets had not been up to a raucous night at Sheffield Wednesday.

Wenger accused his young players of being weak and ‘naive’ as they were beaten 3-0 at Hillsborough and claimed he should have rested more first-team regulars after Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were hit by injuries.

Glen Kamara, Alex Iwobi and Ismael Bennacer were among those making their debuts and Wenger said: ‘The occasion was too much for the young players. They were not ready to play at this level, none of them. Two of the goals were from set-pieces. We were very naive. We had a lot of the ball but we didn’t make a lot. We were too short in midfield.

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Lampard backs Chelsea revival.

Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard has said his old team could turn their dismal start to the season as he was awarded an OBE for his services to sport.

Lampard was recognised for a career in British football that spanned 20 years and saw him win a clutch of medals with Chelsea and play for England more than 100 times.

He was joined at Buckingham Palace by his partner Christine Bleakley who could not resist taking pictures of her fiance as he posed for the waiting media.

 

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FA Sanctions Arsenal over regulation breach.

Arsenal have been found guilty of breaching football agent regulations over the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton.

The Football Association has fined Arsenal £60,000 and warned the club over their future conduct as a result of the transfer, which took place in July 2014.

Agent Alan Middleton, who was charged along with the club in june, has been fined £30,000 and suspended from all agency/intermediary activity for a period of three months for the same offence.

 

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Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a draw against Manchester United on Sunday – but it was far from entertaining at Old Trafford..

True, it was a derby game and local rivalries often produce wars of attrition. Both defences played extremely well and the match therefore became mired in midfield, where frantic play and mistakes resigned supreme.

 

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Arsenal become new Premier league leaders.

At times this Arsenal team can be such a tease, convincing their supporters that they are on a run of results that will finally lead to them winning Barclays Premier League.

Are they for real? Do they really mean it? The title is on now, it has to be the target after they went top of the Premier League table for the first time since February 2014. Arsenal are contenders.

It has been a long while coming, but what a week to be an Arsenal supporter after that monstrous result against Bayern Munich and a victory that has put them top of the pile.

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Diego Costa to maintain style of play.

Diego Costa says he will not change his style of play despite criticism and hit out at the Premier League’s cry babies.

Costa was handed a retrospective three game ban for violent conduct by The FA after clashing with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in September.

And the Spain international says that he has the full backing of manager Jose Mourinho and will not change his style of play.

 

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We mean business says Theo Walcott.

Forward Theo Walcott claims Arsenal’s Champions League victory over Bayern Munich will have sent a clear message to their rivals that the Gunners mean business this season.

The runaway Bundesliga league leaders were defeated 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night to give Arsene Wenger’s men their first European win and keep alive hopes of qualification for the knockout stages.

It was a third straight victory for Arsenal, who impressed in beating both Manchester United and Watford, with the north London club now second in the Barclays Premier League table, just two points behind Manchester City.

The confidence is just flowing through the team at the moment, you can see that. Results show that and if we continue this you never now where it is going to take us, but we are looking really strong.

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Petr Cech the new hero of Arsenal.

Cech has been there. Cech has seen things. Cech knows that when you’re playing a team that will dominate possession statistics, there is very little to be gained in rushing to give them back the ball. This is the benefit of having an experienced and proven goalkeeper, a man with a Champions League medal among the many others in his collection. This is the sort of goalkeeper that Arsenal have lacked since the days of Jens Lehmann.

Analytics will tell you much about footballers’ strengths and their weaknesses, but there is still a lot to be said for the intangible, psychological effect on a defender who can look behind him and think, “He’s got this.” It’s one less problem to occupy the mind.

 

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Bale the only Britain on Ballon d’Or shortlist.

Wales winger Gareth Bale is the only British player included in FIFA’s 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist for the third successive year.

Bale is one of 11 players from Spain’s Primera Division to make the list, with the Premier League and Bundesliga each contributing five.

Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure have been shortlisted alongside Chelsea winger Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez, who backed up his Arsenal form by helping his country Chile to Copa America success in 2015.

 

 

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Herrera names Rooney best English player.

Ander Herrera believes there has never been a better English footballer than Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester United midfielder was on the scoresheet along with his captain in an emphatic 3-0 win at Everton.

And he believes Rooney, England’s leading goalscorer, is the greatest talent the nation has produced.

Rooney’s second-half strike was his first away from home in the Premier League for 11 months and saw him became the joint second leading scorer in the competition’s history with ex-United forward Andy Cole.

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Sterling hit a hat-trick for Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling is looking onwards and upwards after igniting his Manchester City career with a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth.

Wilfried Bony also struck twice as the Barclays Premier League leaders made light of the absences of key attacking duo Sergio Aguero and David Silva at the Etihad Stadium.

But with star striker Aguero likely to be out for at least a month and playmaker Silva for a fortnight, Sterling is aware there are tougher challenges ahead.

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Neymar scores four against Rayo Vallecano.

Run-ups are over-rated, just ask Neymar who scored four goals at the Camp Nou on Saturday night – two of which were penalties scored from a standing start.

The Brazilian became La Liga’s top scorer with eight goals this season, scoring twice in each half as Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 5-2.

Luis Suarez made the third and fourth Neymar goals and then scored the fifth from a Neymar pass. Barca fans are counting the days until Lionel Messi returns. They sang his name in the second half as he watched from the stands alongside Andres Iniesta, who is also injured.

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Neymar insists he will stay at Barcelona.

Barcelona forward Neymar has said there is no question he wants to agree a new contract with the Liga champions.

The club’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez told Catalunya Radio last week that talks over a new deal were progressing well, adding his confidence that Neymar would stay at Camp Nou “for life”.

 

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4 bad work habits and how to overcome them

Bad habits are an inevitable part of our personal lives. And with the countless hours spent at work they can easily creep into our professional lives too.

But while you may be hyper-aware of your bad habits at home, the office can be a different story. If you’re in luck, your co-worker has probably made you aware of your flaws. If not, we suggest you read through the following bad work habits and how you can kick them to the curb.

Your bad habit: You’re set in your ways

Although adopting an if-it-ain’t-broken-don’t-fix-it attitude may work in some situations, in others – especially the ever-changing work environment – it usually doesn’t work. Contrary to what you might think, sticking to the same way that things have always been done can easily make you replaceable.

How to overcome it

If your career goal is to grow professionally and boost your reputation, making connections with the people you work with, contributing to great ideas and being innovative is the way to go about it. Resisting change often leads to being left behind at work. The sooner you become comfortable with the idea that there is always going to be someone smarter or younger than you, the sooner you’ll adapt to evolving environments.

Your bad habit: You’re Chatty Chatha of the office

You’ve got plenty of work to do but listening in on the latest office drama is more important. While joining in on a little gossip while you wait for your coffee is inevitable, spending hours away from your desk stirring the pot will make you come across as a troublemaker or unproductive.

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Do You Dare?

Hey ladies, so I’ve been trying to figure out what I could share with you guys and I decided to
share a story with you. Like many of you, I love lipstick. I wear it every day and obsess over it, I
read blogs and check reviews and window-shop for lipsticks like it’s my actual full-time job. Red,
pink, nude, orange? YES, give it to me, here is my money. I love the more unusual colours,
too—the violent purples, the dried-blood reds, the evil blue-blacks, the deep, velvety forest
greens. But I usually just put them on at home and make faces at myself in the mirror. I almost
never wear them in public. There’s just something about extreme colours that makes me feel
insecure, like wearing them out during the day is going to be huge work, and I want my lipstick
to be fun, flirty and girlie. Deciding it was time to conquer my fear, I went to the nearest beauty
store and bought the “scariest” colours they had in stock. I was going to wear each one for a full
day, in public, casually.

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Paul Okoye Turns News Caster For Silverbird TV

Paul Okoye of Psquare reporting live from the Silverbird Television news room.

Lol, he looks so out of palace on that table. Looking more like he wishes to be any where else but there. I guess he visited Silverbird TV to promote his new act;s single.

Paul shared the photo on instagram and captioned it:-

Breaking news @munosings has come to stay musically vocally habatically

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FG’ll renegotiate, not revoke inherited contracts

THE Federal Government has pledged not to revoke any inherited contracts “ in the interest of
Nigerians”. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola who made the
pledge on behalf of the government at the opening ceremony of a 3-day Nigerian Pension
Industry Strategy Implementation Roadmap Retreat, said that the norms of reversing projects
of previous government was wrong and not n the best interest of Nigerians.

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We’ll probe Okonjo-Iweala, Diezani soon, says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will soon begin the probe of the nation’s oil and gas industry as part of the current anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The roles of some principal officers in the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, including the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke; her counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and an oil magnate, will come under intense scrutiny.

The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said this in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes to defend the commission’s 2016 budget proposals.

In his presentation before the lawmakers on Monday, Magu tactically avoided giving direct answers to questions on whether Alison-Madueke would come under the searchlight of the agency.

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