Mourinho rues Atletico second goal

Chelsea are out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage after losing 3-1 to Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho accepted defeat, while ruing the missed chances and penalty conceded. Talking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho said: “I think the game until a certain point was very equal, the first half was more ours but finished 1-1, it was very open. In the second half, one minute decided everything; Courtois made a great save against Terry, and then there is the penalty. “After the second goal,…

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Chelsea to move for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho

Chelsea could be set to make a shock move for Tottenham’s £17m midfielder Paulinho, according to The Daily Mail. The Brazil international, 25, has struggled to make the impact expected of him when he arrived at White Hart Lane in July, but Chelsea are keen to take him across London in an effort to link him up with fellow Brazilians Oscar, Ramires, Willian and David Luiz at Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid and AC Milan are also both thought to be interested in capturing the former Corinthians star, but Chelsea look…

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Lambert challenges Sylla to break into Aston Villa team

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has challenged midfielder Yacouba Sylla to force his way into the Villan’s and insisted the Frenchman still has a future at the club, according to Sky Sports. Sylla stated earlier this month that he wants to return to France on a loan deal next season after struggling to find appearances in the claret and blue shirt, last featuring in the 4-1 home loss to Stoke City in March. He has not started for the Midlands club since December. Lambert insists he understands Sylla’s frustration, but…

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Surman will wait before thrashing out Norwich future

Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman is prepared to wait until the end of the season before his long-term future is decided, according to Sky Sports. Surman has spent this season on loan at Bournemouth – his second overall spell with the club – but has another year to run on his current contract at Carrow Road, but believes that his future will not be decided until the Canaries know in which league they will be plying their trade next season, and possibly following the arrival of a new permanent manager. He…

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Arsenal fans to stage protest at the Emirates

Arsenal fans are set to stage a protest on Sunday, standing against majority shareholder Stan Kroenke’s input into the club and a 3% increase in ticket prices next season, according to The Daily Mail. The Gunners take on West Brom at the Emirates on Sunday and a Twitter account, using the handle Arsenal_Anon, is pushing the protest, which is expected to attract “hundreds of fans”. It is understood that the protest is in no way related to performances on the pitch, and is purely a stand by fans against the…

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Tottenham winger Townsend set to miss World Cup

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend now looks likely to miss the World Cup in Brazil this summer, according to BBC Sport. The 22-year-old appeared as a late sub for Spurs during their 1-0 win over Stoke recently, but left the stadium wearing a protective boot amid fears he had sustained a potentially serious injury. The midfielder is set to undergo surgery on Thursday after being diagnosed with damaged ligaments, and is now set to miss up to 10 weeks of action – a timescale which covers the majority of the World…

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Mertesacker believes fourth is best finish Arsenal deserve this season

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker does not believe the Gunners are deserving of a finish any higher than fourth this season, according to The Guardian. The Gunners had set the league alight earlier in the season, but a dip in form has seen them continue to battle Everton for a fourth placed finish, and Mertesacker believes that is the best the north Londoners deserve this season, though he does believe the club can go on and target an improved finish next season. The German international said: “We didn’t deserve to be…

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Walcott: FA Cup win could open floodgates for Arsenal

Theo Walcott believes that if Arsenal can win the FA Cup, it will be the prelude to a prolonged and trophy-laded period of success for the club, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Gunners meet Hull City in the Wembley showpiece on May 17 and it is nearly a decade since Arsene Wenger’s side last lifted a trophy. Arsenal beat Manchester United in a penalty shootout to win the FA Cup in 2005 but haven’t added to their haul since. Walcott, currently recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, has…

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Pardew’s Newcastle future in doubt

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is said to be willing to sanction a summer of spending but it’s not yet known if manager Alan Pardew will remain in his position, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Pardew is the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager but discontent has grown among the Newcastle faithful after a poor second half of the season. The Magpies’ defeat at Arsenal on Monday was their sixth straight loss, although Newcastle are still in ninth place, in sight of the top-half finish requested by the club’s hierarchy. Ashley is…

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Man City face squad size punishment for FFP breach

Manchester City could be forced to name a smaller squad for next season’s Champions League campaign as a punishment for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, the Daily Telegraph has reported. City would also be heavily fined after UEFA found that their spending had contravened the new regulations, which come into force next season. City have been offered a punishment that contains a mix of financial and non-financial sanctions but would have to admit their guilt. If they decide to contest the decision, the punishment would be more severe. The Premier…

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Everton identify new ground site

Everton could move to a new ground a mile away from current home Goodison Park, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The proposal would see the Toffees set up home in a stadium owned by Liverpool City Council, in the same manner that Manchester City moved to the Manchester City Council-owned City of Manchester Stadium, now the Etihad Stadium. A site on Walton Hall Park, around a mile from Goodison, has been mooted, and although the location wasn’t confirmed during Everton’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, a new stadium was on…

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Arsenal’s Walcott could miss start of next season

Arsenal could be without Theo Walcott for the start of next season, although the England forward has said his recovery is going to plan, ESPN has reported. Walcott ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Arsenal’s FA Cup third round win over Tottenham Hotspur in January and was ruled out for the rest of the season and the World Cup as a result. The 25-year-old has said that while he wants to return as soon as possible, he knows he can’t risk causing further damage to the injury by taking on…

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Ronaldo: I don’t care if Madrid face Mourinho

Cristiano Ronaldo has said it won’t matter if Real Madrid meet Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the Champions League final, ESPN has reported. Madrid booked their place in the final, to be held in Lisbon on May 24, with a 5-0 aggregate win over holders Bayern Munich. Ronaldo scored twice on Tuesday in Germany with Sergio Ramos getting the other two goals of a 4-0 triumph. Chelsea meet Atletico Madrid tonight in the second semi-final, which means Los Blancos will either face a city derby or a reunion with Mourinho, who…

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Man Utd’s Rooney ‘concerned’ by possible van Gaal appointment

Wayne Rooney is said to be worried that the potential appointment of Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager could see his role at the club usurped by Robin van Persie, ESPN has reported. Compatriots van Persie and van Gaal are said to be close, with van Gaal currently the coach of the Netherlands. Van Gaal named van Persie as captain of his country a year ago and Rooney was in line to become United skipper next season after signing a five-year contract with the club. It was expected that…

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England World Cup squad date set

England manager Roy Hodgson has announced that he will name his England squad on May 12th from Vauxhall HQ in Luton, Sky Sports has reported. Hodgson had already stated that he plans to announce a 23 man squad rather than a preliminary 30, instead informing the last seven they are on a ‘stand by’ status rather than putting them through heartache of missing out. While competition continues as the season reaches its conclusion, Hodgson has previously indicated that he may already know who he wants to take and who is…

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Sterling hails sports psychiatrist influence

Raheem Sterling has sung the praises of sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters and believes working with him has helped him to reach the top form that is currently lighting up the Premier League, according to the Liverpool Echo. Peters holds regular sessions with players and has been described as the ‘mind mechanic’, leading to England boss Roy Hodgson calling upon his services for the World Cup in Brazil this summer. And 19-year-old Sterling believes that these sessions have paid dividends since his recall to Brendan Rodgers side back in December.…

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Mourinho unconcerned at criticism

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at recent criticisms of his footballing style and tactics as he prepares to face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, Sky Sports is reporting. Despite his critics Mourinho has vowed to stick to his principles as he continues to hunt down a third Champions League trophy with a different club, having won it with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. In particular his tactics against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have come under scrutiny…

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Mirallas told to keep Januzaj opinion to himself

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas has been told by his Belgium manager Marc Wilmots to stop talking nonsense after the player made comments regarding selection ahead of the World Cup this summer, the Daily Mail has reported. Wilmots told the wide man to keep his opinions to himself after he questioned the possible inclusion of Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who has declared he will play for Belgium internationally. Wilmots had welcomed the decision of Januzaj but Mirallas less so. The Everton man said: “I don’t think he should go to…

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Schwarzer plans Chelsea stay

Veteran ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer is hoping that he can continue to play past the end of the current season, insisting he has no plans to hang up his gloves, report Sky Sports. The Australian signed a 12 month deal with Chelsea after leaving Fulham as a free agent, and although he knew he would largely be filling a backup role to current number one Petr Cech hoped for opportunities. A season ending injury to Cech has seen the 41-year-old thrust into the spot light both domestically and in Europe, and…

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Tottenham insist no contact made regarding new manager

Tottenham Hotspur have denied any contact with clubs regarding possible appoints of managers or coaching staff following reports they had made an approach for Ajax manager Frank De Boer, Sky Sports is reporting. The club are reportedly searching for a permanent successor to Andre Villas Boas – who was sacked back in September, with Tim Sherwood looking increasingly unlikely to complete the final year of his 18 month contract. Media reports on Tuesday had claimed that Spurs had made an approach for Ajax manager De Boer last month with the…

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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid – Match preview and team news

After a goalless first leg, victory over Atletico Madrid would send Chelsea into another European final, where Real Madrid await in Lisbon. A meticulous rearguard action from Jose Mourinho is the reason why this tie is still locked at 0-0, so it is definitely advantage Chelsea as they take to the field at Stamford Bridge. The first leg was a game lacking in chances and goalmouth incident, but Mourinho will be encouraged by the fact Atletico often lacked the imagination to break his side down. And Chelsea were at again…

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Bale delight as Real Madrid thrash Bayern

Welshman Gareth Bale has said he wanted to join Spanish giants Real Madrid for reasons exactly like their 5-0 aggregate win over Champion League holders Bayern Munich, reports the Telegraph. Madrid thrashed the German champions 4-0 in their own backyard with Bale playing a key role in the impressive win, setting up Cristiano Ronaldo record 15th goal in the Champions League. And Bale has said playing with the likes of Ronaldo is why he chose to play for ‘the biggest club in the world’. He said: “That’s why he’s the…

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Everton hopeful of Jagielka return for City clash

Everton are set to welcome back central defender Phil Jagielka for the home game with Manchester City this weekend, Everton’s official website has revealed. Speaking to the clubs’ TV channel, Toffee’s boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that the England defender should be back for the clash on Saturday evening. He said: “Phil has done really well in his programme and has developed strength in his muscles. He looks completely regenerated and is desperate to be available. “It will be a late call whether he is available or not but I…

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Hull put new Koren deal on hold

Hull City club captain Robert Koren must wait till the end of the season for any decision on a new contract, The Hull Daily Mail has reported. Koren, who has made 20 appearances for the Tigers this season, will see his contract expire this summer with no concrete decision on whether he is to be offered a new one. The midfielder was a key member of the squad that guided them to promotion from the Championship last season and was the leading goalscorer with nine goals. However he has not…

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