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Saturday, February 09, 2019

February 09, 2019

SAMSON OBI: IT TOOK ME TIME TO RECOVER

Despite not starting the season with a bang, Abia Warriors forward Samson Obi has pointed out that he wants to score more than 20 goals before the curtain is drawn on the season.

                             Samson Obi

Obi, who joined Abia Warriors three seasons ago came to limelight last season, emerging the club’s top scorer with nine goals.
The forward however had a poor start to the season failing to score after five games coinciding with his club’s poor run of form.
Speaking to naijasportsgrill.com.ng, he noted that we was getting worried over the lack of goals till he opened his season’s account on matchday 6 when he equalized for Abia Warriors against FC IfeanyiUbah.
He was also on target in the next match against Heartland FC with a brilliant strike from 25 yards which turned out to be the match winner.
His words; “I was running out of patience for the fact that I wasn’t getting goals in the first few matches. I was relieved when I scored my first goal of the season. it was special because it was an equalizer in the Oriental Derby against FC Ifeanyiubah.
“The second goal also calmed my nerves and gave me the hope that I will score more. Up till now I am not able to describe that goal and I was happy because it won us the game.”

He, however, concluded by stating his intentions for the season.
“I just want to score more goals. I can’t set any target for now, but I want to score more than twenty goals this season”, he added.
Abia Warriors make the long trip to Maiduguri to engage El-Kanemi Warriors on Sunday.

Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

It was not my decision to sell Salah at Chelsea – Mourinho insists


Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has rubbished speculations that he made the decision to sell Mohamed Salah when they were together at Chelsea and underlined the key role he played in his development.
Salah endured a frustrating spell at Stamford Bridge, leaving on loan twice before moving to Roma permanently, and has since broken the record for goals in a single Premier League season since joining Liverpool.
However, Mourinho insists that he did not want the attacker to leave The Blues, adding that he was responsible for bringing Salah to west London in the first place.
He told beIN SPORTS: “Let me start with Salah because lots of things have been told that are not true. People try to identify me as the coach that sold Salah. I am the coach that bought Salah.
“It’s completely the wrong idea. I played against Basel in the Champions League. Salah was a kid in Basel. When I play against a certain team I analyse the team and players for a certain time and I fell in love with that kid.
“I bought the kid. I pushed the club to buy him and at that time we already had fantastic attacking players, like Hazard and Willian. We had top talent there. But I told to buy that kid, who was more of a winger than a striker coming inside like now.
“He was just a lost kid in London, a lost kid in a new world. And we want to work him to become better and better and better, but he was more in the idea that he wanted to play and not to wait.
“So we decided to put him on loan, on loan at a culture I knew well: Italy. Tactical football, physical football, good place to play in Fiorentina, good team without being a team with huge pressure playing for the title, and we decide that move there.
“When the club decide to sell him, it was not me. I bought him, I did not sell him. My relationship with him was good, and is good.
“I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well for him, the progression went well for him. But at that moment it was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute, and we couldn’t give him that.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

January 01, 2019

Everything is different we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing- Paul Pogba





Three wins in three games for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 12 goals scored and an Old Trafford crowd that, like the players themselves, are enjoying football again.
No one at United wants to talk about previous boss Jose Mourinho as they want his name consigned to the history books, but then again Paul Pogba wanted to make a point.
Pogba scored twice in Sunday's 4-1 win over Bournemouth, after a double against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, and he exuded confidence and positivity throughout the match and just enough diplomacy after it to avoid a direct criticism of Mourinho, with whom he had a fraught relationship.
"We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves," said Pogba.

"It is different, we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play," he added.

"I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple."

After wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield, United continued to play with a verve and imagination that was missing during the latter stages of the Mourinho reign.
"We needed the win and we had a great performance as well. We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is beautiful," said the French World Cup winner.

Solskjaer was full of appreciation for Pogba's performance while offering a hint of what he doesn't want to see from the former Juventus midfielder.

“That is a top, top performance from a midfielder because it is all-round – it is work-rate, it is dangerous in the box, winning headers, winning tackles and there is no showboating," he said of Pogba.
"It is touch, pass, move, he plays an efficient game and Paul knows he is at his best when he plays that game," added the Norwegian.

Solskjaer said he hadn't felt the need to tell Pogba to cut out the showboating but clearly believes his message has got through.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

December 23, 2018

Jamie Vardy's Only Goal Stunned The Blues at Stamford Bridge

Maurizio Sarri slammed Chelsea's "strange reaction" as Jamie Vardy fired Leicester to a shock 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.  Sarri's side paid the price for failing to convert their chances when Vardy netted early in the second half to hand the Blues their first defeat in five games.
Chelsea's disjointed display surrendered an 18-match unbeaten run at the Bridge dating back to Tottenham's victory in April.

Furious Sarri said his players were to blame for their lethargic response after Vardy's goal. After the goal we had a strange reaction; not in the right direction, not as a team, but as 11 different players," Sarri said. "It was very strange. We could have done better. We reacted as a team in shock and mental confusion.

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"We had only to continue to play as in the first half of the match. There was time to score. With a reaction like this I could change 11 players."

Sarri's team have lost three of their last six Premier League games and the Chelsea boss is at a loss to explain their malaise against lesser opponents. "I don't know why this keeps happening. If I knew I would solve the problem before this match," he said.
"It's difficult to understand because we have players with a lot of experience."

Sarri has insisted he does not expect Chelsea to challenge for the title this season, the Italian rating Liverpool and Manchester City as "two steps ahead" of the Blues. This was further evidence to support Sarri's concerns, with Chelsea left trailing 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Chelsea remain in fourth place in the Premier League, but they are now above fifth-placed Arsenal only on goal difference, leaving them facing a tense bid to qualify for the Champions League in the second half of the season. We said from the beginning, it is impossible for us to fight for the Premier League," Sarri added.

"For us it's important we are careful to stay close to the top four." Leicester's first win at Chelsea since September 2000 was well-timed for Foxes boss Claude Puel, who has endured recent reports he could be sacked just 14 months after he arrived from Southampton.

Criticised for fielding a weakened team in the midweek League Cup defeat against Manchester City, Puel said: "This is a fantastic result. I have nothing to justify. I managed my team and tried to protect some players."

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Responding to the critics, he added: "We had a lot of problems at times this season, but it's important to analyse the games and not just to look at the results or the ranking in the table." Despite their territorial dominance, Chelsea's passing and movement wasn't precise or fast enough to prise Leicester open.

Significantly, Hazard was again deployed up front as Sarri continued with the experiment of using the Belgian playmaker as a 'false nine'.

Hazard has been less than effusive in his thoughts about the role so far, dropping hints that he would prefer to return to his usual wide position.

Even so, Hazard should have bagged his 100th Chelsea goal after pouncing on a slip from Leicester's Harry Maguire for a fierce close-range shot that cannoned off the bar. Not for the first time this season, Chelsea's miscues in attack proved fatal.

Showing the cutting edge that Sarri's team lacked, Leicester punished a moment's loss of concentration to snatch the lead in the 51st minute.

James Maddison slipped a perfect pass to Vardy, who escaped Cesar Azpilicueta before burying a cool finish past Kepa Arrizabalaga for his sixth goal of the season.

It was the first time Chelsea had conceded a goal at home in six matches and inevitably they turned to Hazard for inspiration. Beating Leicester's offside trap, Hazard cut in from the left for a stinging strike that Kasper Schmeichel blocked at his near post.

But Leicester were defending superbly and Chelsea's luck was out in stoppage-time when Marcos Alonso's shot hit a post and rolled along the goal-line to safety.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

December 22, 2018

All Premier League Summary 22/12/2018

Manchester City slumped to a second defeat in three Premier League games to hand Liverpool an early Christmas present in the title race as Crystal Palace shocked the Etihad with a 3-2 win on Saturday.

Chelsea were also stunned at home by Jamie Vardy's winner for Leicester in a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge to allow Arsenal to move level on points with their London rivals in fourth after a 3-1 win over Burnley.

Victory for Watford at West Ham pushed Manchester United down to seventh ahead of their first outing since Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager in midweek with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recalling Paul Pogba for his first game in charge against Cardiff.

Liverpool opened up a four-point lead at the top with a highly impressive 2-0 win at Wolves on Friday to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign.
 And City failed to cut the gap as they dropped points at home for the first time this season despite going ahead through Ilkay Gundogan's header.

Jeffrey Schlupp levelled for Palace against the run of play just after the half-hour mark and two minutes later Andros Townsend thumped a stunning volley into the top corner from well outside the area.

Pep Guardiola summoned Sergio Aguero from the bench soon after the break, but City had a mountain to climb when Kyle Walker chopped down Max Meyer and Luka Milivojevic dispatched the resulting penalty.

"We cannot concede the penalty we conceded," said Guardiola. "We have to try and avoid it.
"Football is like this. Three shots on goal and three goals."

Kevin De Bruyne was also thrown on to try and turn the game around and his intended cross that flew in off the post brought City back into the game five minutes from time.

But despite incessant pressure, the champions could not find an equaliser to hand Liverpool a huge boost ahead of their trip to City on January 3.

"You don't produce that sort of performance by waving a magic wand or having a five-minute team talk," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson. "There's a lot of work that goes into that structure and we were excellent."

Chelsea were also beaten at Stamford Bridge for the first time under Maurizio Sarri as Vardy fired home James Maddison's pass to give the Foxes their first victory in five games.

"The match changed after the goal," said Sarri, who believes making up an 11-point gap on Liverpool is "impossible".

"We played well for 55 minutes, after the goal the reaction was not the right reaction. We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion."

Defeat for the Blues allowed Arsenal to close on a top-four finish as two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat Burnley 3-1 in a bad-tempered clash.

Mesut Ozil made his return to Unai Emery's starting line-up in the Premier League for the first time since November 11 and helped set up Aubameyang's opener.
"We want Mesut like today," said Emery.
Aubameyang smashed home his 12th Premier League goal of the season to move ahead of Mohamed Salah as the division's top scorer early in the second period.


Ashley Barnes pulled a goal back for the visitors, but they remain in the bottom three as Alex Iwobi secured all three points for Arsenal in stoppage time.

The Clarets are now two points adrift of safety as Southampton's upturn in fortunes under Ralph Hasenhuettl continued with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi.

West Ham's four-game winning run was ended by Watford with Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu netting in a 2-0 win for the visitors at the London Stadium.

Bournemouth are also level on points with Manchester United as David Brooks's double beat 10-man Brighton 2-0, who had England international Lewis Dunk sent off.

Fulham remain rooted to the foot of the table despite avoiding defeat on the road for just the second time this season in a 0-0 draw at Newcastle.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018

Manchester United Coach Jose Mourinho has Been Sacked

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect following a dismal start to the season, the Premier League side announced on Tuesday.
United have made their worst start to a league season in 28 years and were beaten 3-1 by arch-rivals Liverpoool on Sunday in what was Mourinho's final match in charge of the club.


"Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect," United said in a statement.
"The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

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"A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, fulltime manager."
United are sixth in the table with 26 points from 17 matches, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.

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Mourinho won the Europa League and the League Cup in the 2016-17 season before guiding the team to second in the league last season and reaching the FA Cup final.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has won the Premier League Player of the Month

Raheem Sterling has won the Premier League Player of the Month award for November. The Manchester City winger scored three goals and provided three assists for the club during the month, as City beat Southampton, Manchester United and West Ham in the league. The England international has been in
sensational form for Pep Guardiola's side this season, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists in 19 games in all competitions.

And he has now been rewarded for his rich vein of form by being recognised as the Player of the Month.
Sterling, of course, has been in the headlines recently after falling victim to alleged racist abuse during City's first defeat of the season, against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old took to Instagram afterwards to draw attention to the treatment of young black players in the media.  At the end of a strong statement, Sterling said: "So for all the newspapers that don't understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second
thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance."
Chelsea have subsequently suspended four fans, while one is reported to have lost his job after being caught on camera shouting at the winger.
though he says he used the word "Manc"

instead of "black" before the expletive.
Sterling will next be in action against
Hoffenheim in the Champions League before City take on Everton in the Premier League this weekend.
City are already through to the knockout stages of the European competition, but they have slipped to second in the Premier League. Liverpool currently lead the way, a point ahead of Guardiola's side following their 4-0 win over Bournemouth and City's loss at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

December 08, 2018

Chelsea Players Are Over too Confidence of themselves - Sarri

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri criticised his players' attitude and felt they were overconfident after a shock 2-1 loss to Wolves on Wednesday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek's opener had Chelsea on track at the Molineux, only for second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to see the hosts claim a surprise Premier League win.
The result saw Sarri's side slide to fourth in the table, 10 points behind champions Manchester City ahead of their clash with the league leaders on Saturday.
Sarri feels the defeat to Wolves may help Chelsea as he praised Pep Guardiola's high-flying City.

"As I said before, City are the best in Europe, maybe in the world, they can win or not the Champions League, but that depends on the moments," he told a news conference.
"Last season I think City were the best team in the Champions League, but then for two matches they played maybe not in the best moment of the City.
"If you have to play against them for 10 months they are the best in the world, I think, at the moment. So the match is difficult for this reason.

"Of course, after this match we lost confidence, but maybe it is better. Sometimes my players show me that they have too much confidence."
Sarri made five changes to the team that beat Fulham on Sunday, with Jorginho and David Luiz among the unused substitutes.

Asked about his selection, the Italian played down the impact of the changes, saying he was unhappy with the way his side suffered defeat.

"If you had asked me the same question after 55 minutes I would say yes, I was really very happy [with the selection]," he said.
"We lost everything, our football, the result, everything for an accident, a goal. It can happen, but I don't think it depends on the changes.

"It depends on the mentality of the team, I think. It was without reaction, we can lose a match, but not without a reaction."

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

December 04, 2018

Real Madrid's midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

Juventus forward and 2017 winner Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third.
Paris St Germain's France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, was fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth. Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France.

"It's a unique feeling. I'm happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it's hard to describe in words," said Modric, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.

"It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players. I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’Or throughout history."

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Modric, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 for a reported 40 million euros ($45.40 million), was criticised in his debut season at the Bernabeu and named the worst signing of the year in a poll by newspaper Marca.

But the diminutive playmaker began to demonstrate the quality he had shown at Spurs when Jose Mourinho deployed him in a deep lying role in Real's midfield rather than the attacking role he had been given at the start of that campaign.

Modric said the positional change, which was first suggested to him by Harry Redknapp at Tottenham, transformed his form.
“The change of position helped me a lot in my career. I used to play more offensively. When I dropped back, I was able to read the game better and show my creativity," added Modric.

He is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or and also picked up FIFA's 'The Best' award in October.
The Ballon d'or, voted for by journalists and organised by French magazine France Football, has been dominated by Barcelona's Messi and Ronaldo, first when he was at Manchester United and subsequently with Real Madrid, since 2008.

The last player to lift the award apart from the Argentine and Portuguese, who have won it a joint-record five times each, was Kaka in 2007 when the Brazilian played for AC Milan.
The Ballon d’Or was first presented in 1956 and partnered with soccer's world governing body FIFA as 'The Best' award from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity again.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

December 01, 2018

We Are Ready To Face Chelsea - Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri says his Fulham side are ready for the daunting task of playing one of his former clubs Chelsea on Sunday, an occasion he says will be "special" for him personally. 

The 67-year-old Italian – who acquired the nickname 'The Tinkerman' during his four year spell at Chelsea for his habit of changing the starting line-up – takes his struggling side there on the back of a welcome win over Southampton. 
The hosts however must rebound following their first defeat of the season when they got overrun at Tottenham Hotspur.
 Ranieri, who replaced Serbia's Slavisa Jokanovic earlier this month following a dreadful start, says he is pleased with the mentality of his squad. "Whenever I play my former teams, it's always special," said Ranieri at his Friday press conference. "We're ready. "I asked for little things at the beginning, like fighting spirit, but we can do everything better."

 Ranieri, who delivered the remarkable 2016 title win at Leicester, said Chelsea would offer a sterner test than their fellow strugglers Southampton had. The measure of Fulham's task on Sunday is that their opponents are 20 points better off than them with the visitors bottom of the table and Chelsea are fourth.

 "When you play against Chelsea, you have to be very attentive, but we're working hard and I'm confident it'll be a very good derby," said Ranieri Ranieri, who was sacked the season following Leicester's title triumph as they made a poor start to the defence of their crown, says his compatriot Maurizio Sarri had done a very good job with Chelsea. "Sarri has a very good group of players, and play with the right philosophy," said Ranieri. "He's a very good coach and deserves to be where he is."
December 01, 2018

Mourinho Fears Manchester United will be unable to make major signings in January

Jose Mourinho fears Manchester United will be unable to make major signings in January because their rivals no longer need to sell to them.
United have spent almost £400 million on players since Mourinho arrived at the club in 2016, but the manager claims buying top-level players is becoming increasingly difficult.
Mourinho claims the balance of power has shifted in the Premier League – using the example of Tottenham, who spent no money on players during the last transfer window, but also managed to keep their key names, in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min.
There was no attempt by United to sign any of those four players, but Mourinho is adamant Tottenham would have refused to sell even if there had been.
He argued it did not used to be the case, with United prising England midfielder Michael Carrick from Tottenham in 2006, then luring Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov from White Hart Lane in 2008.
"Is Manchester United by its history, by its dimension, bigger than Tottenham? With all respect, Tottenham is an amazing club, but I think everybody would say yes," Mourinho said.

"Can you buy Tottenham's best players? No, because they don't sell. Of course, they are so powerful that they can say no.
"A few years ago, who was Tottenham's best player? Michael Carrick. And a few years later, who was the best player? Berbatov.
"Can we go there now and bring Harry Kane? Dele Alli, Eriksen, Son? Can we go there and bring those players here? No. So who is more powerful now? Them or us?"

In what appeared to be a covert criticism of  City, Mourinho suggested financial restrictions sometimes did not apply in the Premier League.
Mourinho said some clubs could buy multiple full-backs at the same time, a comment he has made before when referencing City's transfer policy.

City manager Pep Guardiola bought three-full backs in 2017 while allowing another four to leave as he reshaped his squad.
"It's more difficult to make the team better and stronger with buying –- unless you do what some clubs do, and for some reason they can do this and others cannot, which is say: I need a right-back and a left-back, send away the ones you have and buy four at the same time," Mourinho said.
After making this comment, Mourinho was asked why United did not have the financial muscle required to buy the best players.
"I cannot say the answer because one of the answers you had a few weeks ago. I don't want to speak about that. But one of the answers you had a few weeks ago," he said.
He refused to confirm whether this was a reference to allegations made at the start of November that Manchester City had circumvented Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.
"We do what we can. Last season, it was fantastic to finish second and we are fighting hard," he added.

"I know that we have to do better than what we are doing, absolutely, we have to do better, but one thing is to do better and another is to compare ourselves with what Manchester United was in the past because it is impossible.

"That's not just because Manchester United was fantastic, but because there was a big difference to the others and now it is not like that."
Asked if he would buy any players in January, the manager said: "Honestly, I don't think we are going to sign anyone. If we do, I would say one player. I don't see us going more than that."

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018

Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski both scored twice before Franck Ribery completed the rout at the Allianz Arena

Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice before Franck Ribery completed the rout at the Allianz Arena after Gedson Fernandes had pulled one back for Benfica.
Kovac’s team shrugged off lacklustre league form — winning just two and losing three of their last eight Bundesliga games — with a convincing display.

“These goals were important not just for me, but for the team,” said Robben.
“We played well, found the right tempo, attacked well and we did not concede much. “We all know how it works in football, but we win together and we lose together, the coach is one of us, we work intensively together every day,” added Robben. This is the 11th season in succession Bayern have reached the last 16 of the Champions League.
While Bayern sit just fifth in the Bundesliga, they are flying in Europe, having now chalked up four wins and a draw in the Champions League’s group stage.
They need just a point at Ajax in a fortnight to win Group A, while the best Benfica can hope for is third and a place in the Europa League knock-out phase.


Bayern were unrecognisable from the team which leaked goals in a 3-3 draw with Bundesliga strugglers Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. They went ahead after just 13 minutes when Robben produced a stunning piece of skill for his 30th Champions League goal. There was nothing on when the Dutch veteran darted through three defenders on the right wing, cut inside another and hit the top left corner with a superb shot.

The 34-year-old doubled Bayern’s lead by wrong-footing Benfica defenders German Conti and crashing his shot past Odysseas Vlachodimos on 30 minutes.
The third goal followed six minutes later when Lewandowski rose highest for a corner and steered 50th Champions League goal into the net via the post.

Bayern went into the break at 3-0, but they could have been five up as Vlachodimos twice had to palm shots away by Thomas Mueller and Lewandowski.
However, the defensive errors which have blighted their recent performances returned to haunt Bayern straight after the break. Benfica boss Rui Vitoria brought on Portugal international Gedson Fernandes for the second half and the teenage midfielder took just 48 seconds to score.
Gedson sprinted onto a through pass and finished off a counter attack by slotting past Manuel Neuer to stun the hosts.

Bayern restored their three-goal cushion just five minutes later when Lewandowski again headed home another Kimmich corner.
       Ribery capped a gala night with an exchange of passes with David Alaba to slam home Bayern’s fifth 13 minutes from time and claim his first Champions League goal for more than three years.
South Korean teenager Woo-Yeong Jeong, 19, came on for his senior Bayern Munich debut in the dying stages.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

November 25, 2018

Chelsea Unbeaten Come to an End As Tottenham Hotspur strike them 3-1 Away lost

Tottenham inflicted Maurizio Sarri's first competitive defeat as Chelsea boss to leapfrog their London rivals into third in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Wembley that barely reflected Spurs' dominance.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane put the hosts 2-0 in front inside 16 minutes and Son Heung-min's brilliant individual run and finish early in the second-half hauled Mauricio Pochettino's side back to within five points of league leaders Manchester City.

Olivier Giroud pulled back a late consolation for Chelsea, who slipped eight points off the leaders with a dreadful display that left Sarri visibly frustrated.

The world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also failed to cover himself in glory for both of Spurs opening goals.
Alli got ahead of his marker to flick home Christian Eriksen's free-kick despite the £71 million Kepa getting a hand to tehe English international's header.

Eight minutes later Kane was given acres of room to stride forward and take aim from outside the area, but again Kepa could have done better as the Spaniard stood motionless while the ball nestled in the net low to his right.
Chelsea felt aggrieved as they could have had a penalty seconds before Kane's goal when Juan Foyth appeared to trip Eden Hazard inside the area.
Alvaro Morata was then denied at point-blank range by Hugo Lloris as the visitors briefly threatened to get back into the game.

But they remained a shambles at the back and were lucky not to be put to the sword more comprehensively after the break.

Spurs' solitary second-half goal was delivered in style by Son as he accelerated past Jorginho and David Luiz before slotting his 50th goal for the club into the far corner.

Kane then somehow fired over with the goal at his mercy and Alli also skewed a great chance off target as Sarri bellowed at his side to regain some composure.
The Italian managed to make a difference with the introduction of Ross Barkley, Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud from the bench.

And it was Giroud who grabbed Chelsea's consolation five minutes from time when he powered home Cesar Azpilicueta's cross at the back post.


Saturday, November 24, 2018

November 24, 2018

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Top 10 List of Most Popular Betting Sites in Nigeria


1. 1xbet9ja


1xbet9ja, also known as 1xbet or 1x-bet, is another fast paying betting website in Nigeria for online customers who want to play with placing bets using their laptop or cell phones. Less than 48 hours is needed to withdraw your money from your 1xbet9ja account to your bank account. 1xbet9ja is an international sports betting company with branches in Nigeria and Kenya. It offers up to 100 euro bonuses on the first deposit. So, make a wise choice to do your first deposit. 1xbet9ja also allows the players placing bets on sports matches or games that have already started or still continue. Various modes to deposit are available. You can find the necessary information on the site or ask online assistance.

Withdrawals are made through any payment system or directly to the bank account in the local or international currencies. This company is recommended for customers who prefer to stake using their cell phones or other portable devices.

2. Merrybet

Merrybet is one of the most reliable betting sites in Nigeria with high odds. This company is licensed and authorized to take bets and pay winnings based on sports. Actually, sports betting is extremely popular in Nigeria and Merrybet offers their clients to be involved in with a rare opportunity to win based on the passion for different kind of sports, such as football, basketball, tennis, handball, car racing, baseball, rugby, cycling, etc. The purpose of the company is to provide customers with expert, functional and reliable sport betting services.

Besides the possibilities to make bets, the company has recently developed a totally new application, Merrybet Predict. This interesting application brings the traditional betting to a new dimension. The company’s cash back program implies to get 5% of bet amounts back within 24 hours.

The minimum bet must be ₦100, the maximum one is up to ₦2,000,000 per one player per day. Placing the same bet more than once is not possible. Withdrawals are made within 24 h in working days. The minimum amount to withdraw is ₦1,000 and you can withdraw maximum N500,000 at a heat. Merrybet has a large number of agents, representatives, and offices working throughout Nigeria.

3. Bet9ja

At present time, Bet9ja is one of the biggest sports betting company in Nigeria. Bet9ja is the registered trademark of KC Gaming Networks Limited, Nigeria, which has sportsbook and gaming licenses issued by the State to operate sports betting services. The Bet9ja website is based on technologies developed in Western Europe to ensure the reliability and security of online services and withdrawals of winnings. The customer service is located in Lagos to ensure an all-around assistance. Bet9ja covers all the major sports events of the world.

Placing bets here, you can use advantages of betting combinations like First Goalscorer and Half-Time/Full-Time and high odds. In Live Betting option, the odds change once in 90 minutes. On weekends, the number of bets can reach the number of 10,000 on one offer. The payouts are done between 24 h to 72 h.

Bet9ja operates with reliable partners in the world to ensure the best betting and withdrawal conditions. You can safely transfer your funds directly to your bank account at any time The software platform is protected by Dell servers and Fortinet Firewall and features a Thawte SSL certificate.

In order to become the number one in sport betting in Nigeria, the company constantly empowers its agents and representatives by providing a good ambiance for attractive betting. At present, Bet9ja is a simple and fast service which allows making real money.

4. Naijabet

This betting website for sports and gambling was launched several years ago under the management of Kreativ Integrated Concepts and Management Limited in partnership with LiveBet International Limited, the well-known betting companies in Nigeria.

Actually, this is one of the best websites in Nigeria to put your sports bets on. It has a perfect reputation for prompt payouts and easy methods to place stakes. The website also has a guide for newbies about how to place bets. The bets are accepted for sporting events and selected non-sporting events indicated by NaijaBet. Sports betting is allowed for athletics, basketball, boxing, cricket, football, golf, ice hockey, motor racing, rugby, snooker, and tennis. Bets are also possible for non-sports purposes, such as the weather, elections or popular reality TV shows.

You can make payments via Interswitch Debit Cards, ATM Cards and wire transfer (international deposits) or using a direct deposit into your account.

All winnings are credited to your NaijaBet account as soon as your winning bet is confirmed. Your money will remain in your account until you ask to send it to your bank account with no limits.The process of withdrawal can take up to 48h during working days. The minimum bet is ₦100 and the minimum payout is N500 at once. The maximum amount to withdraw is not limited. Withdrawal of your money occurs with no extra charges.

5. Surebet247

Surebet247 is Nigerian website for online betting in Nigeria. Many players consider it the first football booking site which admits stakes and pays winnings depending upon match results. You don’t even need to predict the exact score. The necessary information can be found on the site.Each match has its own price usually called an odd. You will win relatively small money f you place a bet on a big team and it wins. But you will win large if you bet a smaller team to win or to draw and it happens.
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For that, you can sign up for free on the site. Create your account in Surebet247 according to the instructions in the members’ area. Submit your bank account or card details. After registration, you have to transfer some money to your account. The minimum and maximum amounts are not specified. After that, you can start betting right now.


Anytime, when you decide to withdraw your winnings, just click the Withdrawal Request button and enter the desired amount. The admin will approve it and your money will be credited to your account within two working days.

The maximum win is ₦1,000,000. The winnings exceeding this amount will be reduced to the limit. The minimum amount to withdraw is ₦1,000. The maximum amount to withdraw is limited by ₦500,000 at one time.

6. LovingBet

LovingBet is found between the fast-growing free betting sites in Nigeria that pays very fast for online clients who wants to play using their computers or cell phones.

Less than 24 hours are needed to get your money from your LovingBet account to your card. The site guarantees 100% bonus on the first deposit with an additional bonus on the accumulated bets. At Lovingbet, winning is your natural right.

Lovingbet.com also offers online casino slot games, video poker, table games, roulette and other games to win. Lotto betting and Pools are planned to be here soon. The player can enjoy a betting where virtual games are generated by computers.

You can also make live bets on a match or a game that has already begun or still in-play. LovingBet allows placing bets on virtual games such as dog and horse races, virtual soccer, etc. LovingBet is the only company in Nigeria that can offer to its customers a chance to get back 5% of their loss using the promo code with unlimited betting options.
The minimum bet is ₦50 and maximum win is ₦5, 000, 000.

7. Betwin9ja

Betwin9ja presents on its pages over 5,000 events every week. This company has reliable partners with leading sports betting software in Western Europe who are constantly developing the new betting products. Betwin9ja pays attention to the quality of technical online support.

The website welcomes new agents all the time and runs training courses to train agents for the opening of their betting shops. Betwin9ja is one of live betting sites in Nigeria powered by Software Sportbook. The company policy is to always assist all customers.

This online betting website offers different sports types to bet on – football, basketball, ice hockey, volleyball, cricket, tennis, American football, baseball, handball, snooker, rugby, motor racing, winter sports, and water polo.

The various bet types include odd/even, handicap, correct score, double chance, both single and multiple betting, head to head, over/under, set betting, combo, away win, home win, second-time, total goals, chance, score/no score, half-goals, and multi-goals.

Being one of the most popular mobile betting sites in Nigeria, Betwin9ja offers mobile betting services for convenience of its customers. It allows players betting on their cell phones anywhere and anytime. Players can place bets on the go or when they do not have access to the computer.

Using the mobile version of the website, players can place bets, view live and upcoming games, as well as use other features that are available.

The news and prediction section always keep the customers up to date with the latest sporting news and events. Registration is easy and fast, withdrawals are safe and secure. That is exactly what customers expect from Betwin9ja.com.

8. AccessBET

AccessBET is a premium sports betting website for players from Nigeria and beyond. Accessbet.com is a free website has only one restriction to be older the age of 18 years, so you can safely register on it and play. AccessBET has just started to gain popularity in the social media but it has already achieved a promising result. It is estimated that this website is visited about 150,000 times per month.

The site offers all traditional sports betting including dog and horse races along with 3D virtual matches. Also, everybody can play here popular online casinos to make bets and win. Select AccessBET for high odds on sports events and the user-friendly customer service. The registration is fast, the deposit is easy and the play is exciting. In the beginning, check the Frequently Asked Questions section if you are in doubt.

AccessBET is securely and thoroughly managed with the assistance of reliable gambling provider hosted in the USA. So, players have nothing to worry about.

9. 9jaPredict

9jaPredict is one of legal betting sites in Nigeria offering the latest predictions in sports matches and competitions. It offers to place bets on a wide variety of sports with an outstanding customer service in the industry of betting. The clients can enjoy fast deposit methods, quick payouts, various bet types, and the biggest odds.

The website is malware-free, fast, flexible, easy to understand and looks great. 9jaPredict constantly recruits agents to use all the benefits by becoming a partner of 9jaPredict. The company supplies their agents with the necessary equipment to start their business. 9jaPredict also provides prompt payouts with a huge capital base and bear all possible losses while sharing the profits with their agents. Due to the vast net of cooperation with banks, 9jaPredict admits credit cards of any bank.

Players can earn up to ₦200,000 monthly by referring new users to 9japredict.com. 50% referral bonus is given for 2 active referred users.

10. NairaBet

Nairabet is the first, oldest, financially strong and fast paying betting online resource in Nigeria with a 5-star customer support. This is the best betting site in Nigeria that is specifically designed to inform about expert predictions on sports competitions around the world and to offer the best daily betting tips from them. This website monitors about 30 competitions a day. In addition, one of the NairaBet sections tracks the top matches of height-cutting forecasts available only on weekends.


The company offers huge bonuses for the first deposit, additional bonuses on accumulated stakes, and 35% bonus on 10 selections.  The smallest possible bet is ₦50 and the biggest one is ₦25,000,000. The single bet is possible. Nairabet also provides customers with cash out option to reduce risks of losing money on bets and of increasing the winning chances. The company guarantees 100% of winnings payments with 24h save withdrawal.

This betting company is recommended for customers who want to place bets using their cell phones. The mobile application is available to be downloaded. Nairabet has a partnership program with MTN Nigeria, so all Nairabet clients using MTN Nigeria SIM cards can make their bets absolutely gratis with free 50 MB for browsing and betting on Nairabet.

Recently, Nairabet has launched a new betting platform. The main reason for this change is to give its customers more services, higher speed, flexibility, and a better user-friendly interface. The money on clients’ accounts remains the same, but the company grants ₦1,000 for all customers for free

Friday, November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva out for Some Days

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is unavailable for Saturday's Premier League match at West Ham United after sustaining an injury on international duty, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
 The Portugal playmaker missed his country's 1-1 Nations League draw with Poland on Tuesday and is also doubtful for City's Champions League trip to French side Olympique Lyonnais next week. Silva has emerged as a key player for City in the absence of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who is nursing a knee injury.  
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Bernardo cannot play this weekend, it's not too big (an injury) but this game no... I don't know if he will be ready next Tuesday," Guardiola told a news conference. Defender Benjamin Mendy will miss the remainder of the year after undergoing surgery on his left knee in Barcelona. 
The injury-plagued Frenchman missed the majority of last season with a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee and has also been battling a foot injury in this campaign. "Mendy is 10 to 12 weeks... 
Nicolas Otamendi is back in training and everybody else is OK," Guardiola added. Guardiola backed West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, saying his predecessor at City had the experience to do well at West Ham, who have finished in the bottom half of the table in the last two seasons. 

In Villarreal he put the team on a different level. At Real Madrid he got 96 points and he was good enough here to win the league and help this club to be where we are right now. "And he's going to do well at West Ham, where there are many good supporters."

Thursday, November 22, 2018

November 22, 2018

Tottenham Is Pushing so hard to secure Eriksen New Deal- Xcessnews.com

Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday that Tottenham are working hard to get Christian Eriksen to commit his future to the club after tying down a clutch of other top players.

Eriksen, who has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid, still has 18 months to run on his current deal but Spurs are keen to make him their latest star to sign a new bumper deal.

Pochettino himself, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks have all signed new contracts in the past few months and the Argentine wants to see a deal done.

"He knows, we know what we are doing and we are working hard," he said. "The club is working, trying to take the best decision. Christian is going to take the best decision.

"I am not worried. In football I am never worried but I prefer he is going to sign the new contract and stay a long time at Tottenham. That would be fantastic."
Eriksen, 26, arrived from Ajax in 2013 for around 13.5 million euros and he has become one of the top creative forces in the Premier League.

Eriksen has not been at his best this season and has struggled since the World Cup with an abdominal injury.

He has not started a league game for Spurs since September but he started twice for Denmark in the recent international break and could be ready to play from the kick-off when Chelsea visit Wembley on Saturday.

Jan Vertonghen could also be involved as he is back in full training following a hamstring injury, which has kept him out of the past nine games.

"There's still one day more but it's very good news that he's involved again with the group," Pochettino said. "In the last two weeks he was training very well and now we wait until Friday and decide if we believe he can be involved for Saturday.
"I think it's important to have all the players fit. Jan is such an important player for us."

Pochettino also said he hopes Tottenham will be in their new stadium in January or February after a long delay.
"To wait maybe one or two months more, we need to have patience," he said. "We are so disappointed because we expect to play in 2018 and it should be ready for play before the end of the year.
"But that is not going to be possible and we need to wish and hope

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith has undergone knee surgery to repair torn cartilage and will be out of action for up to three months

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith has undergone knee surgery to repair torn cartilage and will be out of action for up to three months, the Premier League club said on Monday.

 Smith, who had played all 12 of Bournemouth's league games and has scored one goal this season, was carried off the pitch after sustaining the injury to his right knee in the first half of their 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United on November 10.

 Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe had described the injury to the versatile player as serious.

 "Following extensive medical assessment, Smith's injury is not as bad as first feared and on Saturday the 27-year-old underwent a procedure to repair a cartilage tear in his right knee," Bournemouth said in a statement. Bournemouth, who are sixth in the league with 20 points after a strong start to the campaign, face a potentially tough test at home against Arsenal on Sunday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

Eden Hazard - I feel Good at Chelsea

Eden Hazard may be feeling the effects of a gruelling schedule but the Belgium midfielder has insisted he is still enjoying life at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old Hazard starred as Belgium finished an impressive third at this year's World Cup in Russia and then played his part in helping Chelsea make an unbeaten 12-match start to the Premier League season with seven goals.

Hazard missed three games with a back injury but played a full 90 minutes for the first time since October 20 during a fractious goalless draw with Everton on Sunday.

By extending their unbeaten start to the season, the Blues were left in third place – four points behind leaders Manchester City and two adrift of second-placed Liverpool heading into the international break.
"Believe me, I am tired," Hazard told talkSPORT radio on Monday. "But I think I'm in good condition to play.

"Last year I got an injury with my ankle for three months. So that's why I'm fresh now.
"And when you are happy on the pitch you can try some things. I'm just enjoying myself," he added, with Chelsea set to resume their league campaign against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on November 24.

Hazard's contract expires in June 2020 and there has long been speculation over whether he will sign a new deal keeping him at Stamford Bridge or pursue a "dream" move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

"For the last seven years with Chelsea, I have always enjoyed myself," said Hazard, who signed from French club Lille.
"When I am on the pitch I try to give happiness, first to me and then to the fans who are watching the game.

"At the moment, we are doing well and that's why I am doing well. So I am happy to play at the moment."


Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

All English Premier League Top Scorer, Aguero And Hazard Top The list

Premier League Top Scorers

Position 

Player

Team

Goals

1

S. Agüero

Manchester City

8

2

E. Hazard

Chelsea

7

P. Aubameyang

Arsenal

7

4

R. Sterling

Manchester City




6

S. Mané

Liverpool

6

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool

6

G. Murray

Brighton & Hove Albion

6

H. Kane

Tottenham Hotspur

6

A. Martial

Manchester United

6

C. Wilson

AFC Bournemouth

6

Richarlison

Everton

6

12

A. Mitrović

Fulham

5

Álvaro Morata

Chelsea

5

R. Pereyra

Watford

5

A. Lacazette

Arsenal

5

M. Arnautović

West Ham United

5

G. Sigurðsson

Everton

5

18

David Silva

Manchester City

4

R. Mahrez

Manchester City

4

A. Schürrle

Fulham

4

Pedro

Chelsea

4

D. Ings

Southampton

4

E. Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur

4

Lucas Moura

Tottenham Hotspur

4

R. Lukaku

Manchester United

4

J. King

AFC Bournemouth

4

Felipe Anderson

West Ham United

4

28

Bernardo Silva

Manchester City

3

W. Zaha

Crystal Palace

3

L. Sané

Manchester City

3

R. Barkley

Chelsea

3

C. Paterson

Cardiff City

3

A. Gray

Watford

3

M. Özil

Arsenal

3

R. Jiménez

Wolverhampton Wanderers

3

J. Vardy

Leicester City

3

J. Maddison

Leicester City

3

P. Pogba

Manchester United

3

R. Fraser

AFC Bournemouth

3

D. Brooks

AFC Bournemouth

3

41

İ. Gündoğan

Manchester City

2

L. Milivojević

Crystal Palace

2

Joselu

Newcastle United

2

S. Rondón

Newcastle United

2

Willian

Chelsea

2

P. Højbjerg

Southampton

2

D. Sturridge

Liverpool

2

J. Milner

Liverpool

2

X. Shaqiri

Liverpool

2

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool

2

Josh Murphy

Cardiff City

2

S. Bamba

Cardiff City

2

T. Deeney

Watford

2

J. Holebas

Watford

2

S. Duffy

Brighton & Hove Albion

2

L. Dunk

Brighton & Hove Albion

2

G. Xhaka

Arsenal

2

H. Mkhitaryan

Arsenal

2

Rúben Neves

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2

Ivan Cavaleiro

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2

D. Gray

Leicester City

2

H. Maguire

Leicester City

2

M. Rashford

Manchester United

2

A. Yarmolenko

West Ham United

2

A. Barnes

Burnley

2

J. Tarkowski

Burnley

2

S. Vokes

Burnley

2

J. Guðmunds­son

Burnley

2

T. Walcott

Everton

2

C. Tosun

Everton

2

D. Calvert-Lewin

Everton

2

72

Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City

1

A. Townsend

Crystal Palace

1

P. van Aanholt

Crystal Palace

1

J. Schlupp

Crystal Palace

1

R. Sessegnon

Fulham

1

J. Seri

Fulham

1

Fernandinho

Manchester City

1

K. Walker

Manchester City

1

A. Laporte

Manchester City

1

Ayoze Pérez

Newcastle United

1

Kenedy

Newcastle United

1

C. Clark

Newcastle United

1

Y. Muto

Newcastle United

1

D. Yedlin

Newcastle United

1

M. Jørgensen

Huddersfield Town

1

A. Pritchard

Huddersfield Town

1

C. Schindler

Huddersfield Town

1

J. Stankovič

Huddersfield Town

1

P. Billing

Huddersfield Town

1

N. Kanté

Chelsea

1

A. Rüdiger

Chelsea

1

Jorginho

Chelsea

1

R. Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea

1

Marcos Alonso

Chelsea

1

R. Bertrand

Southampton

1

M. Gabbiadini

Southampton

1

J. Matip

Liverpool

1

G. Wijnaldum

Liverpool

1

D. Ward

Cardiff City

1

B. Reid

Cardiff City

1

Víctor Camarasa

Cardiff City

1

K. Harris

Cardiff City

1

E. Capoue

Watford

1

W. Hughes

Watford

1

Deulofeu

Watford

1

C. Cathcart

Watford

1

I. Success

Watford

1

P. Groß

Brighton & Hove Albion

1

B. Kayal

Brighton & Hove Albion

1

A. Knockaert

Brighton & Hove Albion

1

Nacho Monreal

Arsenal

1

S. Mustafi

Arsenal

1

D. Welbeck

Arsenal

1

A. Ramsey

Arsenal

1

A. Iwobi

Arsenal

1

W. Boly

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1

Adama Traoré

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1

Jonny Castro

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1

João Moutinho

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1

M. Doherty

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1

E. Dier

Tottenham Hotspur

1

J. Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur

1

K. Trippier

Tottenham Hotspur

1

J. Foyth

Tottenham Hotspur

1

D. Alli

Tottenham Hotspur

1

K. Iheanacho

Leicester City

1

Ricardo Pereira

Leicester City

1

R. Ghezzal

Leicester City

1

M. Albrighton

Leicester City

1

W. Ndidi

Leicester City

1

A. Sánchez

Manchester United

1

Fred

Manchester United

1

Mata

Manchester United

1

L. Shaw

Manchester United

1

C. Smalling

Manchester United

1

A. Smith

AFC Bournemouth

1

N. Aké

AFC Bournemouth

1

J. Lerma

AFC Bournemouth

1

J. Stanislas

AFC Bournemouth

1

S. Cook

AFC Bournemouth

1

F. Balbuena

West Ham United

1

Javier Hernández

West Ham United

1

A. Lennon

Burnley

1

M. Vydra

Burnley

1

J. Hendrick

Burnley

1

C. Wood

Burnley

1

M. Keane

Everton

1

S. Coleman

Everton

Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 10, 2018

Chelsea Midfielder Ross Barkley Ready To Face His Former Team

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is braced for a hostile reception when his old club Everton visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Barkley left Everton to join Chelsea in January after 13 years at Goodison Park and this weekend faces the Toffees for the first time since that controversial move.
The 24-year-old did not play for Everton in the last seven months of his time on Merseyside due to a hamstring problem and eventually moved to Chelsea in a cut-price £15 million ($19 million) deal.

With his contract winding down, Barkley had initially been linked with Tottenham before the Chelsea switch and his desire to further his career away from Everton, combined with the protracted nature of the transfer, soured his time with Toffees fans.

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Barkley expects those Everton supporters to make their feelings known when he comes face to face with them in west London, but although he admits it will be a "strange" experience he is determined not to be intimidated.

"I don't think the reception will be the best," Barkley told the Evening Standard.

"I'm not nervous, I'm excited to play against my former club and teammates. I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me.

"On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit strange. I'm looking forward to catching up with some of the staff there who I used to get on really well with."

After struggling to break into the Chelsea team under previous boss Antonio Conte last season, Barkley has impressed new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The England international has become a regular under Sarri, scoring three goals in his last five Chelsea appearances.
"At Chelsea I knew I'd improve a lot quicker around better players, world-class players."

Sarri must decide whether to use Alvaro Morata up front after the Spain forward's brace in last weekend's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

The Italian described Morata as "fragile" after some diffident performances this term and Sarri could keep faith with Olivier Giroud, who ended a six-month barren streak with the decisive strike in Chelsea's 1-0 Europa League win at BATE Borisov on Thursday.

France striker Giroud quipped he contemplated seeking religious help, prior to ending a run of 794 minutes without a Chelsea goal.
"I'm happy for the team and for myself I hope I will have the opportunity to score more.
Chelsea sit second in the Premier League two points behind leaders Manchester City as they bid to extend their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions.

"Everything is not perfect, but we work on it," Giroud said.