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Chelsea lobbies to move for ‘Zinedine Zidane’ as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement

Chelsea to move for It has been reported that premiership club, Chelsea is reportedly considering a move for former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri and his assistant Gianfranco Zola.

This comes after Chelsea’s humiliating 6 – 0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday that saw them slump to sixth place, with the club current Maurizio Sarri’s future hanging in the balance.

According to The Sun UK, Sarri is running out of backers among the Stamford Bridge hierarchy and talks have taken place among top brass at Chelsea about when they should make their move for French coach Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane who won his third straight Champions League crown with Real Madrid last year has been out of work since stepping down from his role.

Chelsea defeat Tottenham to reach Carabaro Cup Final

David Luiz after scoring the winning penalty for Chelsea.

Last night was celebration galore in England as Chelsea are through to the finals of the Carabao Cup after they beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 on penalties following an enthralling 90 minutes encounter which saw the tie end 2-2 on aggregate.

The Blues will face Manchester City who beat Burton Albion 10-0 on aggregate in the other semi-finals in the finals on February 24th.

Trailing 1-0 from the semi-final first leg at Wembley a fortnight ago, Chelsea drew level on aggregate when the unmarked N’Golo Kante drilled in a first-time shot from 20 yards through three pairs of legs after a corner.

Eden Hazard, shot Chelsea into a 2-1 aggregate lead with an arrowed finish after being picked out by captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Tottenham failed to produce a shot on target in the first half but forced the tie into penalties when Fernando Llorente converted Danny Rose’s cross.

After regulation time Chelsea scored all four of their spot kicks – Willian, Azpilicueta, Jorginho and David Luiz all keeping their composure.

In contrast, Tottenham missed two of their four kicks – Eric Dier, a World Cup penalty shootout hero for England in Russia, firing over the bar before Lucas Moura kick was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Prior to the shootout,Chelsea had lost four of their past five penalty shootouts in the tournament.

Football: Kayode Joins Shakhtar Donetsk On Permanent Basis From Man City

Kayode Joins Shakhtar Donetsk On Permanent Basis From Man CityNews reaching us currently has it that Nigeria forward Kayode Olanrewaju has joined Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on a permanent basis from English club Manchester City following a successful loan spell.

Kayode, 25, penned a five-year contract with Paulo Fonseca’s men on Friday.

The forward made eight appearances for the club in all competitions and recorded three goals and one assist.

“FC Shakhtar have bought on permanent transfer Olarenwaju Kayode from Manchester City and the striker has signed a five-year contract,” the club confirmed on their Twitter handle.

The striker, who has also represented Nigeria at youth levels, joined Manchester City from Austrian Wien last summer and was immediately loaned out to Spanish club Girona where he struggled to pin down a regular berth.

He returned to form at Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the domestic double.

Pep is a racist – Yaya Toure alleges Man City coach

Yaya Toure accuses Pep Guardiola of favouring white players, says he doesnReports reaching Fujiipop has it that Ivory Coast international star and former Manchester City star, Yaya Toure has accused his ex-coach Pep Guardiola of favouring white footballers ahead of African stars.

The 35-year-old footballer left City at the end of the season after eight years with the Club.

During his final campaign for Manchester City, he had a rocky relationship with Guardiola and made only one Premier League start for City’s final home fixture against Brighton.

Speaking in an explosive new interview, the Ivory Coast international who also played under Guardiola at Barcelona, winning the Champions League in 2009 as well as two league titles and a Spanish Cup told France Football magazine that Guardiola was cruel to him because he’s black.

‘Pep did everything to spoil my last season. He was cruel with me,’ said Toure. ‘Do you really think he could’ve been like that with Andres Iniesta? It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I am not the first. Other Barcelona players asked the question.

Yaya Toure says good bye to Man. City

Image result for yaya toureIt is real that Manchester City engine room, Yaya Toure will be leaving the club couples of weeks as reports have it.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Yaya Toure will leave Manchester City when his contract expires at the end of this season after winning three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and the FA Cup.

 

The 34-year-old midfielder joined City from Barcelona in 2010 and became a driving force behind City’s successes over the past decade. Toure scored the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City, ending a 35-year trophy drought for his club and a maiden Premier League crown arrived the following season.

 

He has been a more marginal figure this time around as Guardiola’s City have sauntered to the title, with all nine of his top-flight appearances coming from the bench. City will lift the Premier League trophy after their game against Huddersfield Town on Sunday and Guardiola confirmed Brighton and Hove Albion’s visit in their final home match of the campaign will be a celebratory farewell for Toure.

 

Asked whether a decision had been reached regarding Toure’s future, Guardiola said: “Yes, he’s not going to stay next season. In the Brighton game we are going to make one of the most beautiful farewells one player can receive. All that game will be focused on winning the game against Brighton and on Yaya. We are going to try to win for him. We cannot forget we have magnificent facilities but we cannot forget that the club gets higher and higher because of the players”. 

 

“Yaya Toure came here at the start of this idea of the club and what we are in this moment is because of what this guy has done.  “We cannot forget that in the leagues from the period of [former managers] Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, Yaya was the key, key, key player. We will prepare tomorrow’s [sic, Sunday’s] game for our celebrations and then after is for Yaya” Guardiola added.

 

In all competitions, Toure has made 315 appearances for City, scoring 82 goals

Football: Klopp Begs Liverpool Fans Not To Stone Roma Bus, Hails “Special” Salah

Klopp Begs Liverpool Fans Not To Stone Roma Bus, Hails “Special” SalahUEFA Champions League semi-final first leg continues today.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has therefore pleaded with the Reds fans to show respect to the travelling fans of AS Roma outside the stadium when in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg clash at Anfield.

Liverpool fans attacked the Manchester City bus conveying players and broke windows as the visitors were making their way into Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool are bidding to reach their first UEFA Champions League final since they suffered defeat against AC Milan in 2007.

“Outside the stadium please show the respect we have to show. This is an outstanding football club known for its fantastic atmosphere, so we don’t need to throw things at the bus,” Klopp said during his pre-match conference on Monday ahead of the game.

“In the stadium do it again and better.

Klopp was also pleased with Mohamed Salah who was crowned the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year on Sunday.

“I’m really happy for Mo Salah winning the PFA Player of the Year and he can be proud of this fantastic achievement,” Klopp added.

“To win it when Kevin De Bruyne plays a season like he did, is even more special. The players know how difficult it is to score that many goals and be involved in that many goals so I think it’s deserved.”

He added that Salah is well prepared to face the Egyptian star’s former club.

“It is normal in football for players and managers to change clubs and play against their old colleagues. I had it against Borussia Dortmund two years ago.

“It’s a normal game but it feels quite special because you are more interested in the other team than you usually are. He became the player he is today thanks to Roma and credit must go to their players and staff for his development.

“Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games so I think Mo (Salah) will know pretty soon that they are not his teammates anymore and then he can strike back in football terms.”

Klopp added that his opposite number at Roma, Eusebio Di Francesco, possesses same qualities as himself.

“We both wear glasses, we are bad shavers,” he said.

“We’ve gone in similar way to the big clubs, he started with smaller clubs and had some success, like we did.

“He loves football and that is obvious. He has a football playing side so maybe there are a few similarities but that doesn’t make it easier for him or me.

“I don’t think it makes sense for an Italian club to work with me because I can only order spaghetti in a restaurant.

“We will see what happens but not in the next four years for sure.”Image result for mo salah

Salah Voted PFA Player Of The Year, Sane Best Young Player

Salah Voted PFA Player Of The Year, Sane Best Young PlayerThis is celebration time for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah who was voted the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) English Premier League Player of the Year.

Salah beat midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who also had a fine season with EPL champions Manchester City, to the award, which was held in London on Sunday night.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and David Silva, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane were also nominated for the award.

Egypt star Salah has scored 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, 31 goals in the league, tying for most goals scored by a single player in a season in Premier League history.

Salah, 25, is the seventh different Liverpool player to win the PFA Player of the Year award after Luis Suarez (2014), Steven Gerrard (2006), John Barnes (1988), Ian Rush (1984),
Kenny Dalglish (1983) and Terry McDermott (1980).

Meanwhile, Sane was named Young Player of the Year, beating Kane among others to the award.

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