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Atletico Madrid Star Joao Felix in awe of Chelsea team

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has revealed that he likes to watch Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount play. claiming he knew all about the England international’s talents before he even made the first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge. Felix, who has been tipped to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo as the king of Portuguese football, is no doubt, well-quipped to follow in his mentor’s footsteps owing to his blistering form in the colours of Atletico Madrid. The Portuguese sensation signed a seven-year contract with Atletico Madrid in 2019 for a transfer fee of   £113 million -the fourth highest sum ever paid in football and Benfica’s biggest transfer also Atlético’s most expensive signing ever.   However, the 21-year-old, who has notched up nine goals in 27 games in all competition this season, declared his admiration for Mount ahead of the Roji Blancos Champions League clash with Chelsea on Tuesday. He said: “I like the way he [Mount] plays, the way he likes to drag the ball, the

Atletico Madrid Star Joao Felix in awe of Chelsea team

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has revealed that he likes to watch Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount play. claiming he knew all about the England international’s talents before he even made the first-team breakthrough at Stamford Bridge. Felix, who has been tipped to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo as the king of Portuguese football, is no doubt, well-quipped to follow in his mentor’s footsteps owing to his blistering form in the colours of Atletico Madrid. The Portuguese sensation signed a seven-year contract with Atletico Madrid in 2019 for a transfer fee of   £113 million -the fourth highest sum ever paid in football and Benfica’s biggest transfer also Atlético’s most expensive signing ever.   However, the 21-year-old, who has notched up nine goals in 27 games in all competition this season, declared his admiration for Mount ahead of the Roji Blancos Champions League clash with Chelsea on Tuesday. He said: “I like the way he [Mount] plays, the way he likes to drag the ball, the

Ibrahimovic rubbed me of my space at Man Utd - Lingard

Manchester United on loan player Jesse Lingard has described Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a perfect example of a winner but rubbed him of his space in the team.   He stressed that players like Zlatan are always appreciated by the former Manchester United's boss which made him rub many players off their playing time the and Lingard is also part of those that received the flair share of it. Jesse Lingard: "When Zlatan [Ibrahimović] came in he was the perfect example of wanting to win, José [Mourinho] as well, he wanted to win. It rubbed off on the likes of me and Marcus [Rashford], I can bring that experience to West Ham."  Mourinho preferred Ibrahimovic to Marcus Rashford and Jese Lingard because of his experience he has gotten from the start of his career. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was bought by the former coach of Manchester United Jose Mourinho to bolster his attack, the transfer which was tight as at that time as he helped the club to win a European Silverware in Europa League. Ling

Liverpool forward Salah wins PL goal of month award

  Mohamed Salah's sensational counter-attacking goal at West Ham United has been voted January 2021's Budweiser Goal of the Month. The Liverpool star finished off a sweeping move that started in their own box to set the champions on their way to a 3-1 win. "It was a team goal and it's a great feeling to score goals like that," says Salah, who wins the Budweiser award for the first time. "The most important thing is that we won the game. That's what makes it so special." The Egyptian now wants to bring more trophies to Anfield after becoming the first Liverpool player to win the award since Daniel Sturridge in August 2018. Also Read : EPL: Man City midfielder Ikay Gundogan wins player of the month award  https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/epl-man-city-midfielder-ikay-gundogan.html "I don't go into the season saying, 'OK, let's be top scorer, I don't care about the team,' " Salah says. "I'm trying to w

Pep Guardiola named PL manager of the month award

  Spaniard adds to Ilkay Gundogan's EA SPORTS award win after leading Man City to perfect January Pep Guardiola has made it an awards double for Manchester City after winning January's Barclays Manager of the Month award. The Spaniard adds to the EA SPORTS Player of the Month prize given to midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, after leading Man City to the top of the table with six wins from six in the league. Guardiola's men also secured nine victories in all competitions during January, the most by any club in a calendar month in English Football League history. "What this team achieved in January – winning all our games, despite all the restrictions we face – is remarkable,” Guardiola told Man City's official website. Also Read:   Liverpool forward Salah wins PL goal of month award   https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/liverpool-forward-salah-wins-pl-goal-of.html “This just shows how focused my players and staff are. They are incredible, and I am so proud to work

EPL: Man City midfielder Ikay Gundogan wins player of the month award

  The midfielder delivered a string of sensational league performances, scoring five times, including a goal at Chelsea and a wonderful double against West Brom. He was central to City’s perfect month, which saw us win all six of our Premier League games as we moved top of the table. City also won three cup matches in January, with our nine wins in all competitions the most by a team in the top four tiers of English football in a single month since the formation of the Football League in 1888. Gundogan, who many believe is in the form of his life, says winning every game last month is a hugely significant achievement and demonstrates the confidence running through the City squad. “The highlight of January was all month because we won all of our games,” he said. “I think it was the run and the feeling that I had inside of myself that you are so strong as a team at the moment and not just yourself. That is just an amazing feeling. Also Read: Pep Guardiola named PL manager of th

FA CUP draw: Manchecster city face Everton, as Man Utd host Leciester

  Everton are drawn against Premier League leaders Manchester City and Leicester City face Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Carlo Ancellotti’s men beat Tottenham 5-4 in a classic tie to reach the last eight. The match at the King Power Stadium sees the top-flight's third-placed side host the team in second. In the other ties, Championship side Bournemouth play Southampton in a south coast derby while Chelsea will host Sheffield United. On Thursday, Saints booked their place in the quarter-finals with an impressive 2-0 win at Wolves, while Chelsea edged out Championship side Barnsley 1-0. The ties are scheduled to take place over the weekend of 20 and 21 March. Also Read: FA Cup: Bernard's Extra time goal eliminate Spurs   https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/then-it-was-carlo-ancelottis-turn-to.html Full quarter-final draw: Everton v Manchester City Bournemouth v Southampton Leicester City v Manchester United Chelsea v Sheffield United

FA Cup: Bernard's Extra time goal eliminate Spurs

  Then it was Carlo Ancelotti’s turn to watch his Everton side throw away a lead as the visitors pulled it back to 3-3 after the break. But Richarlison thought he had fired the Toffees into the quarter-finals with his second of the night - before Harry Kane’s 84th minute diving header sent us into extra-time. With echoes of Everton’s epic 1991 4-4 draw with Liverpool flowing through their fans’ minds, Bernard went one better by firing the Toffees into the quarter-finals with a 97th minute clincher. Their Brazilian striker Richarlison could not solely claim the prize for being the night’s highest scoring South American as Davinson Sanchez - yes him - bagged a brace for Tottenham. And we have not even mentioned Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who bagged his 50th Everton goal and played a part in all three of their first half goals before going off injured after the break. And they say the FA Cup is boring and nobody gives a damn about it anymore. Well, that was not the case at Goodiso

FIFA Club World Cup: After beating Al Ahly Bayern Munich Ready to make history

  Bayern Munich are bidding to become only the second club after Barcelona, who managed it in 2009, to win all six domestic and international titles available in a single season. European champions Bayern Munich are eager to make history by beating Mexico's Tigres in the Club World Cup final in Qatar on Thursday to complete the rare clean sweep of six titles inside 12 months. The German giants are bidding to become only the second club after Barcelona, who managed it in 2009, to win all six domestic and international titles available in a single season. Having already claimed the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, German Super Cup, Bundesliga and German Cup titles in 2020, Bayern want to complete the set. Bayern captain Manuel Neuer has made it clear the German giants are "up for it, we can make history," sentiments echoed by head coach Hansi Flick. "We came here to win the title. That would be the icing on the cake and also a special success in Bayern Munic

Coppa Italia: Juve through to the final despite draw against Milan

  JUVENTUS reached the Coppa Italia final thanks to a bore draw at home to Inter Milan in the semi-final in Turin. Juve won the first leg 2-1 and will play Atalanta or Napoli in the final. Inter Milan were unable to overcome Juventus over two legs to book a place in the final of the Coppa Italia, and the Old Lady will now await one of Atalanta or Napoli for the trophy. The Nerazzurri were touted as slight favourites to make the final, but Juve are not one to lie down, and are well deserving of their place. Cristiano Ronaldo’s break in the first leg saw them escape with a 2-1 advantage coming into the return leg in Turin, and we had no intention of letting it slip. Juventus controlled today’s tie initially, dominating the possession, taking very little risks, and the visitors had to raise their level to stand a chance. Antonio Conte’s team did do just that, and they enjoyed a strong spell of dominance, but our defence was equal to it. They did look set to level when Christia

Drogba's son signs for Italian club

  Isaac Drogba, the son of Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, has signed for Serie D side Folgore Caratese according to Kickoff. Drogba (20) completed a move from France to Italy on Monday afternoon after being confirmed as a new signing by the promotion-chasing fourth division side. "Folgore Caratese announces that it has secured the [signing] of the striker Isaac Drogba, son of Didier," Caratese said in an official statement on their website. Read also: Man Utd signs new starlet https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2021/02/man-utd-signs-new-starlet.html The versatile French-born forward had been without a club since leaving Ligue 2 side Guingamp in July last year and will now be looking to help his new side secure promotion to Serie C. He previously also spent time in the Chelsea youth academy before joining Guingamp, where he featured for the club's U-19 and reserve teams during his year-long spell with Les Guingampais. His father, Didier, is widely regarded as one o

Man Utd signs new starlet

  Highly-rated youngster Shola Shoretire has signed his first professional contract with Manchester United.  Manchester United is delighted to announce that Shola Shoretire has signed his first professional contract with the club.   The 17-year-old forward, who has been with United since the age of nine, is another product of the club's outstanding Academy system. Shola Shoretire caps a fine week by signing a new deal with the Reds. He scored a hat-trick in the Under-23s' entertaining 6-4 win over Blackburn Rovers on Friday. The England Under-16 international has been an important part of Neil Wood’s side this season, featuring 13 times in Premier League 2, scoring five goals and registering three assists. Shoretire has now gotten a call up to the first team by the manager Ole Gunnar Solkjaer.

EPL: Results of weekend matches

In the results of matches played on the weekend, Jose Mourinho’s men defeated a non-resilient West Bromwich Albiom team. Manchester United squandered their two-goal lead to draw with a high-flying Carlo Ancelotti’s men Everton, the game that sees Everton equalizing at the last minute by Calvet- Lewin. The early kick-off match on Saturday sees Arsenal defeated by a very organized Aston Villa team pilling up further woes for Arteta and his boys as they occupy 10th position on the log. On Sunday, it was a sad story for Jurgen Klopp men as they are thoroughly beaten by current league leaders Manchester city setting them back in their push to defend their title this season. See full results; Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 West Bromwich Albion Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 – 0 Leicester City Liverpool   1 – 4 Manchester City Sheffield United 1 – 2 Chelsea Aston Villa 1 – 0 Arsenal Burnley 1 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion Newcastle United 3 – 2 Southampton Fulham 0 – 0 West Ham Unit

Ajax Goalkeeper banned from football

By Adigun Olayemi The disciplinary body of the European football association, UEFA, has imposed a suspension of 12 months on Andre Onana for a doping violation. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is banned from football for a year after failing a drugs test last October.  Ajax managing director Edwin van der Sar on Andre Onana's suspension: "We had hoped for a conditional suspension or for a suspension much shorter than these twelve months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance."  According to statement posted on the club's website, Onana will appeal the ban at the court for Arbitration for Sports later in the year because it was not a deliberate taking of drug by him.

Ighalo joins Al Shabab from Man Utd

Odion Ighalo has joined Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab on a permanent deal from Shanghai Shenhua.  Ighalo's contract with Manchester United expired last month and didn't renew the contract after completing his second loan spell with the club. Injury worries for Manchester United strikers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford made Ole Gunnar Solksjaer bring him to Old Trafford but after then wasn't able to topple them as the first choice striker after their recovery from the injury. "It's sorted and everything is finalised, it should be announced late on Thursday or Friday," he told BBC Sport Africa. "Despite interest from other clubs, this is a good move for the player because Al Shabab showed ambition and commitment in their efforts to sign him." "It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the glory for helping me fulfill this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was

Coppa Italia : Ronaldo brace inspired win over Inter Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired and scored both of Juventus’ goals yesterday night as his side beat Inter 2-1 in the Coppa Italia. That takes his tally to 22 goals in 23 games in all competitions making him the highest goalscorer. Cristiano Ronaldo's brace give Juventus a massive win in the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semis against Inter with a two precious away goals cushion. He was later withdrawed from the game after completing his brace by coach Andre Pirlo but joined in cheering up his teammates on the touchline.

Wayne Rooney quits football

Wayne Rooney has officially retired from football to become a full time manager of Derby County.  The former Red devil captain made 764 appearances and  scored 313 goals.  He won 5 premier league titles and 1 Champions League in a memorable time at Old Trafford. Rooney in his young age played for Everton before moving to Manchester United at the age of 18 before joining his former boss sir Alex Ferguson where he played alongside the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and others. He stared as a versatile striker and in some times can play deep position either  as a supporting striker or as an attacking midfielder, which was seen when Robin Van Persie joined the team during the latter days of his time at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney is currently the manager of Derby County, a championship club in England.

Man Utd set to offload these players this month

Manchester United are looking to permanently offload Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero, Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot and Phil Jones this month according to Telegraph All players listed to offload are not part of the first team squad either are they on the Manger's future plan. Solksjaer will hope different clubs come through for each players mentioned above so that the squad will be streamlined into a small one and give them opportunity to ply their trade elsewhere. They have not been in action since the  beginning of the season and they will hope to see a new club giving them a first team play opportunity in order to blister their season again.

Transfer Update: Aguero to Barcelona, Draxler to Arsenal and all transfer news

Mesut Özil is prepared to forego the roughly £7m still owed to him by Arsenal to leave the club on a free. (Source: The Athletic)  Atlético Madrid have completed the signing of Moussa Dembélé from Lyon on a loan until the end of the season with an option to buy for around €35m. (Source: @atletienglish) Juventus have signed Nantes midfielder Abdoulaye Dabo on loan for the remainder of the season. (Source: @juventusfcen)   Lyon have signed Islam Slimani on a free transfer. Contract until the end of the season with an option to extend for another year. (Source: @OL)  Bayer Leverkusen have signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United for around £1.5m on a deal until 2024. (Source: @bayer04_en)  Hakan Çalhanoğlu is close to agreeing a new contract with AC Milan. (Source: CalcioMercato) AC Milan are in advanced talks with Torino to sign midfielder Soualiho Meïté on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy. Personal terms are already agreed. (Source: @FabrizioRomano)  Totten

EPL: Pogba's verdict as Man Utd tops table

Manchester United defeated a tough Burnley team at Turf Moor stadium yesterday night  1-0 thanks to a Paul Pogba deflected shot. Paul Pogba was a awarded the man of the match award after his solid display throughout the game after which he scored the only goal of the match. Pogba: "[There's] still a long way and we're going to have to focus again until the end of the season." Pogba on Maguire's disallowed goal: "It was a goal, it was a goal for sure. It was a beautiful goal and the referee decided it was not, a strange decision."  Pogba: "We knew if we win we would be top of the league when we play Liverpool. We have to keep calm, now it is the big moment. We will see what is going to happen."  Pogba: "You can see that the game was going both ways, it's very hard to play here. They [Burnley] have a style of play, very strong and we knew it would be difficult. We had to keep our heads calm and just focus on ourselves."  Pogba on Ra

Ronaldo breaks another record

Cristiano Ronaldo has now officially tied with Josef Bican for most official goals in football history (759). Ronaldo had equalled Pele's most official goals earlier to take him to second on the table and within 2 goals to topple Josh Bican. He scored a powerful late header yesterday to defeat an organized 10-men Saussuolo to move level with the most official goals in football history. One more goal and Ronaldo will become the highest scoring player ever.  Ronaldo is also Serie A's top goal-scorer with 15 goals.