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Lampard: Abramovich deserves Chelsea’s Champions League win

believes deserved Chelsea’s Champions League win – because of the money he’s invested in the squty.The 20-year-old joined the Swans on loan from Chelsea in January after impressing in the first half of the season at Charlton Athletic and has started every game since his arrival at the Liberty Stadium, providing three assists in six appearances.ad.The Blues picked up their first European Cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against German side Bayern Munich on Saturday night.And Stamford Bridge favourite Lampard claims the Russian owner has to take his share of praise for the win.“Roman Abramovich deserves this,” Lampard said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without him pumping in the money and producing the squad that he’s done.”Lampard also revealed that the Chelsea squad felt they had their name on the trophy all season, having had to come from tough positions to beat Napoli, Benfica and Barcelona in previous rounds.“It’s amazing,” he went on to say. “We’ve been close so many times before. Tonight maybe our name was on the cup.“People said we were lucky against Barcelona and Bayern Munich but you make your own luck. We’ve had some bad luck in the was delighted with the debut of Mark Travers’ debut for victory over Tottenham.The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet for the 1-0 win.Howe said: “It was a great display from himcontent_img, he’s someone we really do believe in. He’s got great temperament and attitis competition before so maybe it was just our time.”

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Benitez: Chelsea can make the Capital One Cup final

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez believes his charges can come back from a 2-0 defeat in their Capital One content_imgCup semi-final first leg to ea and reach the final.Goals from Michu and at Stamford Bridge see the Jacks take a lead back to the Liberty Stadium ahead of the second leg in two weeks time.But Benitez reckons if his team put in a similar display wuld spring a surprise for Liverpool against Barcelona tonight.The Reds need to overturn a 3-0 deficit to reach the Champions League final.Matthaus wrote for The Sun: “Now Mo Salah is out, Daniel Sturridge has to play, for a simple reason – pace.”Barchen they meet again his side can come out on top and face the winner of v Aston in the final at Wembley.He said: “I have confidence in the team if we play with the same intensity and in the same way. We will create chances and we can score goals. If we score one goal we are back inis chance with Manchester United.Wan-Bissaka joined for an initial £45m deal from Crystal Palace last week.Rafael made 170 senior appearance for United, and has told Wan-Bissaka how to make the most of his time at the club.He told Stretty News: “I the game.“It’s always good when you have good players and players with experience but it will not be easy because they are a good team. They are doing well. They have confidence too so we’ll have to do very well [in the second leg].“They have an advantage so we have to do a lot of good things but my belief is that we can do it.”

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Di Matteo unconcerned by Abramovich’s training ground visit

has played down Chelsea owner ’s visit to the club’s training ground.The Russian oligarch made a trip to Cobham following the 2-2 Champions League draw with Juventus, a game in which Chelsea threw away a two-goal advantage.But rather than anxiously speculate about the implications of Abramovich’s visit, Di Matteo confidently shrugged it off and set his sights on a return to form against in the Premier League.”He actually comes quite often, to be honest,” the Chelsea manager said. “He likes to be involved and hehe agents who have held back his career.Since leaving Liverpool seven years ago, Silva has played for eight clubs – from Dagenham and Redbridge to Turkish second division side Şanlıurfa SK.In that time, he has had a series of agents, and has come t comes down whenever he can.”He’s the owner and he likes to know what’s going on and he likes to speak to people – and he does that all the time.”Obviously, we weren’t happy about the result we got on Wednesday night, for sure, so it wasn’t a particularly happy camp [on Thursday] here.”But we’ll have to try to pick ourselves up and gns will have to be stalled because of VAR.Leandro Trossard scored for the Seagulls in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United, only for the goal to be retracted after the home crowd were sent into raptures.”We need to get used to it now,” said Maupao again and try to win points in the Premier League now.”I have to focus on my job and try to prepare the players and the team to the best for [Saturdaycontent_img’s] game.”

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Dalglish backs Suarez over racism and diving allegations

Liverpool manager has jumped to the defence of Luis Suarez after the striker was accused of racism and being a diver.Manchester United defender claimed in an interview with Canal Plus that Suarez had verbally abused him on a number of occasions during last weekend’s game at Anfield.Suarez immediately refuted the allegations, which the Football Association are looking into, and Dalglish has given the Uruguayan his full backing.A the express purpose to land Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Marca says Real have put five out-of-favour players on the transfer market as they look to fund a big-money move for United’s wantaway star.Zidane wants to sell no fewer than five pnd the Scot also rubbished claims by Sir that the former Ajax star is a diver.Dalglish said: “The only thing I will say – and then it islub.The midfielder signed a new five-year deal last week.Loftus-Cheek hopes to learn plenty from working with Lampard this term, while the promotion of Joe Edwards to the men’s first team backroom staff brings a reunion with a coach he has played und put to bed – is that the football club and everyone at the football club is totally and utterly fully behind Luis Suarez.”There was an allegation after the game about him diving all over the place and there was an allegation from Patrice Evra.”Obviously the two things are emotive but we support the wee man on botcontent_imgh things.”At the start of the week the club made their position known and apart from what I have said we won’t be adding to it.”We are fully looking forward to a complete, transparent report from the FA and we will co-operate 100%.”

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ide cannot be scared when they are playing away from home.The Gunners have struggled outside of the Emirates Stadium under Emery, with their poor away form continuing into the new season.Speaking about tdent Franz Beckenbauer retains hope of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp returning to Germany.Klcontent_imgopp won the first trophy of his Liverpool reign on Saturday as the Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final. Beckenbauer hopes Bayern will be able heir difficult 2-2 draw with Watford, where the

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Marco Silva is looking to beef up his squad this

Rodgers insists there’ll be no exique Marseille have named their price for Everton target Lucas Ocampos.The Mirror says Everton will need to pay £15 million if they want to sign Ocampos.Everton boss Marco Silva is looking to beef up his squad this summer and bargain basement signintra demands from him on his players.The Foxes are now runaway leaders Liverpool’s nearest title challenger.Rodgers, 46, recently signed a new five-acontent_imgnd-a-half-year deal at Leicester, which could earn him more than £4

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Exclusive – Collymore: ‘Alex McLeish would be an excellent manager for Aston Villa’

Stan Collymore has told talkSPORT that Alex McLeish would be an excellent manager for Aston .McLeish controversially quit his post at Birmingham City on Sunday, with rumours circulating that he was set to take oraham has proved him wrong.Writing for the London Evening Standard, Smith stated: “Walking away from Besiktas’s Vodafone Park stadium in August, I seriously wondered whether Tammy Abraham was going to crack it as a Premier League striker.”In that Uefver the vacant managerial position at bitter local rivals Aston Villa.And on Monday afternoon reports surfaced that Villa had approached Birmingham about appointing McLeish, something that former Villans striker Colcastle United in June.The Sun says Longstaff earns just £850 a week and is a free agent this summer. The Newcastle youngster scored the winner on his Premier League debut against Manchester United last weekend.Newcastle chiefs are eager to ensure bolymore is happy about.He told Kick Off: “I think he’s a fantastic manager and exactly what Villa need.“We’ve got a lot of young players, there is a lot of instability at the moment after Gerard Houllier and Martin O’Neill.“I genuinely can’t see other than the fact that he managed Birmingham City what the problem is for a lot of Villacontent_img fans.”Collymore also claimed that the appointment of McLeish would go some way to solving Aston Villa’s defensive inadequacies which have built up over the last season.He added: “What they need to do is look at the candidates and look at their abilities, and the one thing that Villa haven’t done, particularly last season after Martin O’Neill left, is defend very well.“Build from the back and bring through some of the youngsters. He’s got people like Kevin MacDonald and Sid Cowans on the staff and I genuinely think, looking at it dispassionately, that Alex McLeish would be an excellent manager for Aston Villa and that’s all I care about.”

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Exclusive – Parlour: ‘Chelsea are out of the title race’

Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT Chelsea are out of the Premier League title race.’s side have not won in six games following their 3-1 defeat at the Emirates on Monday night, and they now trail leaders by six points, having played a game more.And Parlour believes that poor run of form has signalled the end of their title defence.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Chelsea are on such a bad run and there are real problems there. I think they need to do something in January and bring in a couple of players because it’s just not going for them.”Too many of them are struggling for form and they’ve got problems. I don’t know whether it’s behind the scenes, whether it’s leaving, but they are in freefall.”I can’t now see them challenging for thecontent_img title. For me it’s between Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.”And former favourite Parlour is hoping Arsielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out until December in the latest set-back for the Frenchman.Pogba has struggled with an ankle injury since August and has featured just five times in the Premier League this season.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saienal’s excellent win over Chelsea will give them the confidence to go on and mount a real challenge for the tile.He added: “It was a great performance and I was so pleased. They really turned it on and that’s the way they need to keep playing.”It was make or break and they had to wi Klopp has decided against a winter training camp for his players.Klopp instead is set to reward his Liverpool stars with a week off.The Reds have a two week gap between their their home fixture with Southampton on February 1 and a trip to Norwich onn that game. And they have to believe in themselves because they’ve got the players and the squad [to win it]. They’ve just got to believe it.”

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senteFleetwood Town have signed Sheffield United s

eft the Chinese Premier League to sign with Argentina’s Estudiantes.Mascherano, who played for Corinthians, West Ham and Liverpool before Barcelona for eight years and Hebei Fortune in China, was presenteFleetwood Town have signed Sheffield United striker Ched Evans for an undisclosed fee.The 30-year-old scored 18 goals whcontent_imgilst on loan at the League One club last season.”Ched has been our number one target all summer,” Fleetwood boss Joey Barton told the club website.”Everyone saw the impact he had on and off the pitch last season.”d before 15,000 supporters on Sunday.”I want t

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Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov diagnosed with leukaemia

Aston midfiecontent_imglder Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with leukaemia.The 32-year-old has been unable to train this week, having felt unwell following Saturday’s defeat away to and subsequent tests have shown he is suffering from acute leukaemia.A Villa statement read: “The Villa board received news today that our long-standing captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Stiliyan developed a fever following the Arsenal game last Saturday and subsequently underwent tests conducted by Dr Ian McGuinness. Haematology experts confirmed the diagnosis today.”We expect to learn more about Stiliyan’s situation in due clo Zaniolo says he’d never consider taking the No10 shirt.Zaniolo feels the weight of Francesco Totti’s old number would be too much for him.He said, “I wouldn’t even think about it. I’d like to keep my own number, out of respect for the captain [Totourse and we have moved quickly to support him and his family. During this time we ask that Stiliyan’s privacy is placed ahead of all inquiries and trust that we will share information as we receive it.”Stiliyan is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have to help bring tght for his place at Manchester United.The defender made his return this week for the club’s U23s, following a knee ligament injury that had kept him out since April 2019.”As you know it was a big injury and I feel blessed to be able to play again, ahis to a positive conclusion.”

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der says they’re determined make the mto move to Barca this summer and Okdiario reports personal terms have been struck.However, Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, says Messi dcontent_imgoesn’t want Griezmann to arrive.”They tell me Leo Messi has vetoed Griezmann,” reost of their FA Cup run.United travel to Reading next week for the fifth round.A win over the Royals will put them into the last eight of the FA Cup – a competition they have not won since 1925. Wilder said: “W