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I’m not scared to be sacked -Chelsea Coach, Conte despite winning FA Cup

Image result for Antonio ConteChelsea Coach Anthonio Conte has revealed he is not scared of being sacked by Chelsea board after winning his first F A Cup for the club.

There have been speculations over the future of manager Antonio Conte by winning the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United courtesy of Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty.

In what is widely expected to be Conte’s final match in charge, Chelsea finished their campaign with the Italian’s first ever domestic cup success after a defensively resilient display at Wembley.

Even though Manchester United dominated for long periods and virtually the entirety of the second half, they were unable to cancel out Hazard’s 22nd-minute spot-kick, failing to make the most of their possession by wasting several promising opportunities with profligate finishing or a poor final ball.

Chelsea were dogged in a manner reminiscent of their best under Conte, remaining compact and disciplined in the face of a sustained pressure, and supplemented by the mercurial Hazard in attack.

“I can’t change. I am Conte. I have tried to make every good opportunity provided. And i have taken all the responsibilities”, he said after defeating Manchester United in the F A Cup final.

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Football: Manchester United VS Chelsea on Sunday

Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United ChelseaEverything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester United may well have begun a huge eight-day period with FA Cup progress against Huddersfield Town and an away draw in the Champions League at Sevilla but they most certainly have a point to prove when hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side have turned in two less than convincing performances so far this week, most recently delivering a masterclass in underwhelming football on Wednesday in Spain, and while the three points are the number-one target this weekend the fans will be looking for their team to command the game more at the Theatre of Dreams.


MAN UTD INJURIES


Ander Herrera will be unable to repeat his Man of the Match performance in this fixture last season as he misses out due to the muscle injury which saw him leave the 0-0 draw with Sevilla less than 17 minutes in. Marouane Fellaini remains out after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left knee. The Belgian is likely to be absent until the end of March, ruling him out of at least nine fixtures in all competition.

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training this week following a break from first-team football to help him overcome issues after his ACL surgery while Daley Blind is likely to miss out once more due to a muscle injury suffered in training in January. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both have knocks to shake off but could be available for Chelsea’s visit.

MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS


United have no suspension issues, and the same is true of Antonio Conte’s side.


MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Jose Mourinho has made a habit of matching up against three-man defences since arriving at Old Trafford, and he could well do the same on Sunday. While Rojo and Jones are not certain to return, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling should be good to start if the manager decides that a centre-back trio is the way to go.

The big question, of course, will be whether Paul Pogba starts in midfield following the discourse of the last few weeks, but it is hard to envisage the Frenchman not being involved particularly in light of Ander Herrera’s injury. Club captain Michael Carrick is on standby to fill a third midfield role, although Scott McTominay’s performance in restraining Ever Banega in midweek may win him a starting shirt once more as the Portuguese looks to put a leash on Chelsea’s more creative players.

A back three could potentially narrow down attacking options even more, but it would give Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku the chance to pair up for the first time without fear of stepping on other toes in the forward line.

Man Utd possible XI

CHELSEA TEAM NEWS


Antonio Conte’s outfit have had the ultimate in inconsistent seasons so far, but a win at Old Trafford on Sunday would take them level with United and really mix things up in the race for Champions League qualification.

For the Blues, David Luiz is currently out with an ankle injury and Tiemoue Bakayoko has a knock that he sustained in training. The duo are the only two players currently unavailable for the Man United game. Bakayoko hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s shock 4-1 defeat to Watford at the start of the month, where his early red card proved costly.

Ross Barkley wasn’t selected in Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Barcelona in midweek, but he has joined in first team training sessions. That 1-1 draw with the Catalans attracted widespread praise, and another such tactical masterclass could be ordered by Conte as he looks to put his old enemy’s nose out of joint.

Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United Chelsea

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 14:05 GMT on Sunday, with live coverage available in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League beginning immediately after Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester United have won just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions against Chelsea (D5 L8) – winning this exact fixture last season in the Premier League (2-0).
  • Chelsea will be looking to do the league double over Man Utd for the fourth time in the Premier League and first time since 2009-10 under Carlo Ancelotti (also 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho and 1993-94 under Glenn Hoddle).
  • Only Liverpool (4) have done the league double over Man Utd more times in Premier League history than Chelsea (3 – level with Man City and Arsenal).
  • Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (18) and conceded more Premier League goals (67) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition.
  • Antonio Conte has won three of his four meetings in all competitions as Chelsea manager against Jose Mourinho (W3 L1) – twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
  • Jose Mourinho has seen his Man Utd side score more than once in just one of their seven home Premier League games against fellow ‘big six’ teams, although it came last season versus Chelsea (W3 D2 L2).
  • Jose Mourinho has lost only two of his 32 Premier League matches at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager (W18 D12), with both defeats coming at the hands of rivals Man City. Indeed, Mourinho’s (2.06) points per game ratio at Old Trafford for Man Utd is worse than both Louis van Gaal (2.24) and Alex Ferguson (2.42).
  • Eden Hazard has found the net with each of his last three shots from open play – he had scored with three of his previous 31 open play efforts.
  • Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in any of his six Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ this season, attempting just four shots on target in those games.

Where do you stand?

 

Moses wins NFF player of the year award

Image result for Victor MosesDespite loosing CAF and BBC African Player of the year to Mo Sallah of Egypt, Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses in Lagos on Monday emerged as  the maiden Aiteo/NFF Awards Player of the Year winner.

Nigeria  star won the crown ahead of his Super Eagles’ teammate Wilfred Ndidi and  Lobi  Stars forward Anthony Okpotu.

 Reigning African Women’s Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala won the women’s version.

Enyimba left-back Ikouwem Udoh beat Nura Mohammed and Stephen Odey to the Young Player of the Year for men and Falconets striker Rasheedat Ajibade beat Anam Imo and Gift Monday to win the Young Player of the Year for women.

Former Falcons star Ann Chiejine won the Women’s Coach of the Year beating Edwin Okon and Whyte Ogbonna,  while Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye won the Men’s Coach of the Year award  ahead of Abdu Maikaba of Akwa United and MFM’s Fidelis Ilechukwu.

MFM’s Sikiru Olatunbosun won the Goal of the Year while Remo Stars won the Fair Play award. The Development award was given to Channels Sports for their contribution to the development of the game at the grassroots. The Platinum award was presented  to  FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

The Nigerian Legends 11 is  made up of Chiejine, Felix Owolabi, Austin Eguavoen, Christian Chukwu, Uche Okechukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Thompson Usiyen and Mercy Akide-Udoh.

Victor Moses put smiles on Nigerians ahead Russia World Cup after scoring yesterday

Moses On Target, Hazard Stars As Chelsea Dismiss West BromLots of Nigeria football lovers were very delighted with Nigerian star Victor Moses who scored on his 209th Premier League appearance as he  Chelsea put behind them their recent struggles by thrashing West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Stamford Bridge on Monday.

It was Moses’ second league goal of the season in what was his 20th Premier League appearance for the West London club this term.

The former Wigan Athletic star was involved from start to finish in the game.

Arsenal Advance Past Chelsea Into Carabao Cup Final

Iwobi, Moses In Action As Arsenal Advance Past Chelsea Into Carabao Cup FinalArsenal have qualified for the final of this season’s Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea 2-1 in the second leg semi-final at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

Arsenal won 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge weeks ago.

Super Eagles duo Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses started for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively before both players were replaced in the second half.

An own goal by Antonio Rudiger and a Granit Xhaka strike saw Arsenal seal the nervy win over Chelsea who took the lead through Eden Hazard.

The last time Arsenal played in the League Cup final was in 2011 when they lost 2-1 to Birmingham City.

Arsenal will face Manchester City in the final which will be played on 25 February 2018 at Wembley Stadium .

Chelsea thought they had gone ahead on five minutes but Pedro Rodriguez’s header was correctly ruled out for offside after the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

In the seventh minute, Chelsea went 1-0 up through Hazard who raced on to Pedro’s pass before shooting past David Ospina with a left-footed strike.

Arsenal went close to equalising in the 10th minute but Willy Caballero stopped Jack Wilshere’s initial effort before also denying Monreal from converting the rebound.

In the 12th minute, Arsenal were back on level terms as Monreal’s header from a corner came off Marcos Alonso before reflecting off Rudiger and ending inside the net.

Chelsea were forced into an early change as Willian went off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by new signing Ross Barkley who was brought on for his debut for the Blues.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Arsenal were awarded a free-kick in a decent position but Granit Xhaka’s effort took a deflection before going off target.

On the stroke of half time, Mesut Ozil had a chance to put Arsenal ahead following a pass from Wilshere only to see his shot take a deflection off Andreas Christensen and go inches off the post.

In the early part of the second half, Arsenal were on top possession wise but Hazard took off in his trade mark runs but was excellently stopped with a sliding tackle by Laurent Koscielny.

In the 60th minute, Arsenal went 2-1 up thanks to Xhaka who poked home after Alexandre Lacazette’s cross took a hefty deflection.

Arsenal should have extended their lead in the 77th minute through Iwobi but the Nigerian was denied by Caballero.

Few minutes later Alonso brought down Davide Zappacosta’s cross and hit a volley which was blocked by Hector Bellerin.

And in the 88th minute Chelsea won a free-kick after Barkley was tripped around 30 yards from goal but Alonso’s effort went off target.

Atletico Officially Unveils “Thankful” Costa, Give Him No.18

Atletico Officially Unveil “Thankful” Costa, Give Him No.18

Atletico Madrid have officially unveiled Diego Costa as the club’s player.

Costa, 29, returned to the LaLiga club for a reported £45m after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season.

But Atletico could not feature him because of a FIFA transfer ban on the club which expires on Sunday.

“WELCOME HOME. 😃🏧😃We’ve missed that smile, @DiegoCosta.
#AúpaAtleti #BienvenidoDiegoCosta,” Atletico tweeted on Sunday while unveiling the Brazilian-born Spain striker at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Costa, who spent three-and-a-half years at Chelsea and won the Premier League title, said he was delighted to return to Atletico Madrid, from where he joined Chelsea in 2014.

Football: Moses ‘Disappointed’ Over Chelsea Draw Vs Atletico Madrid

Image result for Victor MosesSuper Eagles forward Victor Moses has expressed his disappointment that Chelsea could only settle for a share of the spoils against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in their final Group C UEFA Champions League game on Tuesday.

Chelsea had to come from behind to force a 1-1 draw against Atletico who dropped into the Europa League.

After a goalless first half, Atletico took the lead in the 56th minute through Saul Niguez.

But with 15 minutes remaining, an own goal by Stefan Savic drew Chelsea level.

Following the draw, Chelsea finished on 11 points, same points as AS Roma but finished second behind the Serie A club on goals difference.

Moses who was in action for 90 minutes in the game, praised his teammates for their fighting spirit.

“Disappointed to not take all three points but we never stop fighting,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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