Super Eagles star produce dominant display in CopaDelRey victory over Real Madrid

Super Eagles star Kenneth Omeruo says he is proud of the performance his Leganes teammates in their Copa del Rey Round of 16, second leg 1-0 win over Real Madrid at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Kenneth Omeruo, who is one of the numerous on loan Chelsea army scattered over Europe is yet to feature for The Blues.

 

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Omeruo starred for Leganes in the win, but The Cucumber Growers crashed out 3-1 on aggregate having lost the first leg 3-0 to Real Madrid with Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vasquez and Vinicius Junior on the score sheet that night at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.

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An early goal from Martin Braithwaite gave the hosts the lead in Wednesday’s second-leg clash, but it proved not to be the start of a remarkable comeback. “I’m actually proud of myself and my teammates for tonight victory against Real Madrid. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to take us to the next round, But what a game. #vamosleganes #ko22,” Omeruo tweeted on Thursday.

 

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The game was Omeruo’s 15th appearance for Leganes across all competitions. He is expected to face another tough task on Saturday when Leganes travel to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona in a La Liga clash. Leganes are 13th in the La Liga standings with 22 points from 19 games

Super Eagles star pays tribute to Premier League legend, Urges him to a rare Challenge

Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has praised his former Chelsea teammate Petr Cech who announced he will retire from football at the end of the season. The 36-year-old lost his starting place to Bernd Leno at the Emirates Stadium this season and, after a 20-year playing career, opted to quit playing second fiddle to the German shot-stopper.

Image result for cech + mikelMikel who is poised to rejoin a new team after mutually terminating his deal with Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA, however, wishes the Blues legend the best in his endeavours.

“It has been an honour to have played and won so many trophies with you @petrcech #Cookingrematch 😉 Good luck!,” Mikel wrote via his Instagram Page @mikel_john_obi.

Related imageMikel and Cech played together for over a decade at Chelsea winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, Europa League and three League Cups with the Blues. Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 from French club Rennes and went on to win 13 trophies with the Stamford Bridge club, including one Champions League and four Premier League titles.

Image result for cech + mikelHe also set a club record of 228 clean sheets in all competitions, beating the previous mark of 208 set by former England international Peter Bonetti between 1960 and 1979.

See Sadio Mane’s bold Premier League prediction

Sadio Mane is convinced Liverpool will end their long wait for the title this season and is adamant they are not a team of “chokers”. Liverpool have not won England’s top-flight crown for 29 years, seeing bitter rivals Manchester United overtake them as the division’s most successful club in the process.

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The Reds went close to Premier League success for the first time since its 1992 inception in 2013-14, but a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea ultimately proved crucial, as Manchester City capitalised on that result to go on and lift the trophy. With 22 matches played this term, Liverpool are top of the table and have a four-point cushion ahead of defending champions City.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost just once – at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 – and Mane is confident they will cope with the pressure this time around. “This is not a team of chokers. I am sure we will be champions of England,” the Senegal star told reporters.

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“When I wake up, I don’t go to the training ground thinking we will not win. We are determined to show we are the best team in the league.

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“It is not easy to hear people accuse the team of being chokers, but we have to ignore it and focus on what is in front of us”Liverpool had the chance to win it a few years ago and did not do it but I prefer to think it helped to bring us where we are now. This is not a team of chokers. I am sure we will win the league.”

After failed Denis Suarez transfer, Unai Emery set to replace Mesut Ozil with another Real Madrid star

Unai Emery’s plan to secure a deal for Barcelona starlet Denis Suarez is seemingly impossible as Chief Executives at the Emirates club have refused to free up funds for a  transfer leaving the Spain tactician to seek loan moves in the current transfer window. Co-incidentally Colombian playmaker, James Rodriguez is available in the January transfer window.

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The 27-year-old is currently one-and-a-half year into his two-year loan at Bayern Munich. However, he’s out of Niko Kovac’s plans. The Bavarians paid Real Madrid, a sum in the region of €12 million to secure the services of the Colombian as part of a loan deal. However, they’re willing to let him leave now.

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Arsenal are considering taking over the loan-deal from the Bavarians for the remainder of the season, for a fee of €3 million. Following his heroics in World Cup 2014, the Colombian attracted the Los Blancos, who then splashed €75 million to secure the services of the WC Golden Boot winner.

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Rodriguez was involved in 76 goals in the 111 appearances made for the La Liga giants. However, even after proving himself time after time, the Colombian failed to secular a regular place in Real Madrid’s line-up. Frustrated with the lack of playing time, the 27-year-old moved to Bayern Munich, where he impressed until Kovac took charge.

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Bayern Munich inserted a buy-back clause in the deal, which allows them to buy Rodriguez for €39 million at the end of the loan spell. However, with Kovac in charge of the Allianz Arena, this scenario is highly unlikely and James’ future at the end of the season is uncertain.

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With Unai Emery’s squad competing for the top-four spot in the Premier League, Rodriguez would be an amazing inclusion to their side. Along with his playmaking abilities, the midfielder could also provide a threat with his goalscoring skills.

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With Mesut Özil reported to be parting ways with the penniless North Londoners in January to free up transfer funds, Rodriguez would be the best and most suitable replacement for the German midfielder. Last week, Unai Emery made it clear that Arsenal does not have the required funds to make a signing in this transfer window.

However, they should be able to secure the services of James Rodriguez at such a bargain price. This transfer looks more than sensible, favoring all the parties involved here. Arsenal must be willing to bring the Colombian to Emirates for the remainder of the season.

Most clean sheets, second most titles: Petr Cech’s Premier League career in numbers

Petr Cech has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, bringing a glittering career to a close. The Arsenal goalkeeper has been one of the stars of the Premier League era, winning four titles in an 11-year stint with Chelsea.

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Cech has stood up against the very best in his position since arriving in England in 2004 and the statistics certainly show that. With the help of Opta, we look at Cech’s Premier League career in numbers.

Image result for petr cech wins premier league443 – As it stands, Cech has made 443 appearances in his Premier League career. He has played 39,496 minutes in the competition, including every second of the 2010-11 season for Chelsea.

202 – Cech has kept 202 Premier League clean sheets, a competition record. He has kept the opponents off the scoresheet in 46 per cent of his matches.

24 – The Czech star set a single-season record in his first Premier League campaign, amassing a huge 24 clean sheets.

162 – All but 40 of Cech’s clean sheets in the Premier League so far have been for Chelsea. David Seaman (Arsenal), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Tim Howard (Everton), Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United) and Joe Hart (Manchester City) are the only other goalkeepers to have kept 100 clean sheets or more at one club.

366 – The number of goals Cech has conceded in the Premier League. Despite just 25 per cent of his appearances (110) coming in Arsenal colours, he has conceded 34 per cent of goals (125) since moving to Emirates Stadium in 2015.

4 – Only Schmeichel has won more Premier League titles as a goalkeeper than Cech. The former Manchester United star earned five medals, while Edwin van der Sar – another Old Trafford star – tied Cech’s four.

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108 – Of the goalkeepers to have played at least 6,000 minutes in the Premier League, none have conceded goals at a slower rate than Cech: one every 108 minutes.

 

1,136 – Since arriving in the Premier League, Cech has been the division’s standout shot-stopper. He has made 1,136 saves – more than any rival – and leads goalkeepers who have made more than 500 saves by keeping out 75.4 per cent of shots faced.

Injured Super Eagles captain vows to bounce back stronger for Al Nassr

Al Nassr and Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa has vowed to return to action stronger following his injury-induced setback. The Super Eagles captain picked up a thigh muscle injury during training with Al Nassr which ultimately ruled him out of their 2-2 draw with Joseph Akpala’s AL Faisaly FC last Thursday in a Saudi Pro League division clash.

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The 26-year-old took to his Instagram Page to assure that he will be back better. “Will be back stronger,” Musa wrote beneath a picture he posted on posted on his Instagram Page @ahmedmusa718 on Tuesday.

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The Super Eagles assistant captain has been directly involved in six league goals (four goals and two assists) in his first five league games in Saudi Arabia, but has managed only one goal in his last nine appearances. Al Nassr currently second have 34 points from 16 games, three fewer than table-toppers AL Hilal Riyadh. They will face Al-Ansar in the Kings Cup of Champions Round of 32 clash later tonight (Tuesday).

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Musa’s injury is a major concern for Al Nassr Portuguese manager Rui Victoria who will be forced to re tweak his tactics against League rivals Al-Ansar . Ahmed Musa will watch from the sidelines as his teammates try to get maximum points off their rivals in what will be a keenly contested encounter.

Breaking! Another Jose Mourinho “Untouchable” kiss Premier League goodbye

Petr Cech has announced that he will be retiring from professional football at the end of the season, with the Arsenal goalkeeper to bring an end of a 20-year career. He will turn 37 shortly after the current Premier League campaign comes to a close and admits he continue to work hard for the Gunners, aiming to win a trophy in what is his final season. 

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The vastly-experienced keeper feels the time is right to walk away as he has “won every single trophy possible”.The 36-year-old claims to have achieved everything that he set out to in football and feels the time is right to hang up his gloves.

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Cech posted in a message on social media: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season.

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“Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. I will continue to work hard at Arsenal and hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.”

WICKEDNESS! Man scams his girlfriend of N6.5million to marry his side chick

Betrayal hurts especially when it comes from the people you love. One woman, who remains unidentified, revealed how her boyfriend scammed her out of R250 000 (N6.5 million), which he used to marry his side chick.

The post was shared by @IamCatchvibe on Sunday, January 13. He captioned the screenshots: “She gave her boyfriend 250,000. Dude took the money and married a side chick. Read for yourself.”

According to her narration, the alleged boyfriend needed quarter of a million rand for an investment opportunity. Having no reason to distrust him, the lady emptied her savings account, which she originally opened for home rent, and gave it to her lover.

She said he was supposed to pay her back in a week but he went silent and she knew something was up.

The lady then found out her beau went off and married a side chick, using her money! However, things got worse from there, she was kicked out of her home, lost her job and her boyfriend got married.

Read the woman’s full messages below:

Quite Sad!

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Breaking! Lloris makes Kane to Real Madrid rumours with Spurs declaration

Hugo Lloris stressed Tottenham are “ready to fight” in all four competitions this season despite injury concerns over star striker Harry Kane. There are concerns over the forward’s ankle injury but the goalkeeper insisted Tottenham are not reliant on one player. Kane had to be helped off the pitch at Wembley as Spurs sweat on the fitness of their talisman.

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Tottenham could be without Kane for a month after the England international hurt his ankle in Sunday’s Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United. However, Lloris insisted Tottenham are not reliant on Kane as Spurs compete in the Premier League, Champions League last 16, EFL Cup semi-final and FA Cup.

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“We all know how important Harry is in our team, but he is not all of our team,” said Lloris. “Football is about the team and every player is ready to help the team. In football, during the season, you have ups and downs and you have to always adapt to those and we will see about ‘H’.

” But I think everybody is ready and the most important thing is the mind: being ready to fight, being ready to help, being ready to compete. It is better when you have all your best players on the field, but that can happen here or it can happen at other clubs.”

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“Every season is different. Every player is different. With or without him, we will see how we do. The most important thing is to prepare for the games as well as we can. We will see for Fulham in the next game with or without Harry, with or without Son [Heung-min]. Throughout the whole team you have important players but the main thing is the collective. ”

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“It is the only way to get trophies. It is not about one or two players, but, as you know, we all know the importance of ‘H’. We are still involved in all competitions, the main thing is to finish in the top four. We said this from the beginning and we don’t change our mind.”

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Harry kane has been tipped to make the move to Real Madrid if Chelsea rule out selling Eden Hazard to the Galacticos next suummer. Tottenham are third in the Premier League, nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool, ahead of Sunday’s trip to lowly Fulham.

Breaking! Good news for Chelsea fans and Sarri as Chelsea target officially requests his club to let him go

AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has made an official request to his club to let him reunite with Italian manager Maurizio Sarri at Premier League club Chelsea, according to Angelo Mangiante of Sky Italia. The striker is on loan from Juventus after he was deemed surplus to requirement due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.

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Sarri is a long-time admirer of the Argentine forward and had worked previously with the player in the Serie A, during their time together at Napoli. It is also understood that the manager himself is keen on bringing one of his favorite players to the Stamford Bridge.

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Higuain had the best spell of his career working under Sarri at Napoli and it was under him that he broke the 66-year old goalscoring record of the Serie A, notching up an unprecedented 36-goal haul in the 38-game league in the 2015-16 season.

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This record-breaking season earned him a £75 million move to Italian giants Juventus in the following season.

Reputed Italian journalist Angelo Mangiante tweeted yesterday that Higuain had officially talked with AC Milan to let him join Sarri at Chelsea this month

Though Sarri is keen on reuniting with the 31-year old striker, Fabrizio Romano notes in his article in that Director Marina Granovskaia, often referred to as “most powerful woman in football”, is not entirely convinced on spending huge sums of money on a player aged over 30.

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Recently, AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso admitted strong interest from Chelsea for the player but reiterated that the club is “holding on tightly” to the striker. Now that the player has officially asked the club for their consent, Sarri can push through for a deal for him, putting an end to the speculations once and for all.

Will this reunion will be the end of woes up front for the Blues? Can Higuain save Chelsea’s goal problem?