A decade ago this month Emmanuel Adebayor produced one of the most infamous goal celebrations in Premier League history.
In a match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Etihad, the Togo international netted against his former side with 10 minutes to go, before sprinting from one end of the pitch to the other, toward the travelling support in one of the most memorable celebrations in the competition’s history.
The move culminated with Adebayor, who would later detail the racially abusive chants aimed at him throughout the game, knelt before the Arsenal crowd, motionless amid a wave of projectiles in what he has since referred to as his “spiritual zone.” Teammate Kolo Toure is said to have remarked to Adebayor, “I was looking at the pictures and you did not flinch once.”
Two months prior to the extraordinary moment in September 2009, the one-time African Player of the Year had just sealed a £25m switch from the Gunners to Man City during one of the most significant windows in the early Sheikh Mansour era. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet
In only the fourth match of the 2009/10 Premier League season, Adebayor was given an immediate chance to show Arsenal fans exactly what they would be missing, as Mark Hughes’ side hosted the north London outfit. Continue reading “Adebayor’s famous goal celebration against Arsenal story”
“I think we can get better, there are things I still want us to improve on in terms of how we play slightly, but I am really happy with the performance,” said Lampard after Chelsea held the European champions to a 2-2 draw after extra time, only to lose 5-4 in the shootout.
Chelsea took the lead in Istanbul through Olivier Giroud, but Sadio Mane’s equaliser meant the match at the home of Besiktas went to extra time.
The decisive moment came after nine successful spot-kicks when Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Adrian. Predict, Stake & Win Big
However, Chelsea were a match for Jurgen Klopp’s team for long spells and Lampard believed they were moving in the right direction after his first competitive game at the helm ended in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.
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Manchester United are unbeaten in their last six home league matches against Chelsea, though four of those games have ended in a draw.
Frank Lampard has already tasted victory at Old Trafford as a manager after his Derby side knocked United out of the League Cup last season.
Manchester United – Harry Maguire only signed for Manchester United at the start of the week but will make his full debut for the club on Sunday.
Fellow summer signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka will also make competitive debuts for the Red Devils when they host top-six rivals Chelsea this weekend.
Anthony Martial was deployed as the central striker in pre-season and the Frenchman is expected to start through the middle here, with Marcus Rashford on the left. Mason Greenwood should feature from the bench. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet
Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee with a back injury, while Alexis Sanchez won’t be considered for the rest of the month following his late return from the 2019 Copa America. Paul Pogba missed United’s final pre-season game with a back problem but it would be a surprise if he didn’t start here. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Chelsea”
Liverpool will be keen to quickly move on from their Community Shield penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and lay down an early marker for the coming campaign in Friday’s Premier League curtain raiser.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last 10 league meetings with Norwich, winning eight, so they’ll be confident of coming away with all three points.
The Canaries may have come up as champions, but their lack of movements in the transfer window will be a concern to supporters. They did at least draw on their most recent visit to Anfield, holding Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in 2015, but are huge underdogs for this clash.
This should be a routine home win for Liverpool to start the season.
Liverpool- Nathaniel Clyne is ruled out for the home side after sustaining a serious knee injury in pre-season, though he was unlikely to have started anyway. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on Naijabet
Sadio Mane has only recently returned to the club following his AFCON duties with Senegal, while James Milner has a minor muscle complaint and will be assessed ahead of Friday’s match. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Norwich”
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will return to his former club Chelsea as a sporting director when he retires from playing after the teams meet in this month’s Europa League final, News and other British media reported on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Cech responded to the reports by tweeting: “Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before, I’ll make (a) decision about my future after the last game. Now my sole focus is to win the EL with @Arsenal”.
Chelsea were not immediately available to comment on the media reports. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7
Former Czech Republic international Cech, who won 124 caps, spent 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League and Europa League, four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups before moving to Arsenal in 2015. Continue reading “Petr Cech set to return to Chelsea as sporting director”
Olivier Giroud has signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of next season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old French striker has scored 17 goals in 62 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Arsenal in January, 2018.
“I am very happy to sign a new contract,” Giroud told the club’s website https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/05/21/olivier-giroud-signs-contract-extension-with-chelsea. Place bet on Virtual Games 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I really wanted to stay at least one more year – I have felt a part of the team, the family, since the beginning and hopefully there will be more trophies to come.” Continue reading “Chelsea’s Giroud signs one-year contract extension”
Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City will ultimately be judged on whether they win the Champions League despite wrapping up an unprecedented domestic treble with a 6-0 whipping of Watford in the FA Cup final.
The 48-year-old Spaniard said in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s rout the domestic treble is more difficult than winning the Champions League because it demands greater consistency over a gruelling season.
“I said before that I know we will be judged at the end on whether we win the Champions League,” said Guardiola, who twice conquered Europe as Barcelona coach.
“I know unless we do that it will not be enough.”
“This comes with me. I know that. I arrived in Barcelona, we were lucky we won it two times in four years and the people expect I am something special, that we have to win the Champions League and it’s still true.” Various betting options are available on site for today’s games
Guardiola, who has not tasted European success since 2011, having drawn a blank during his spell with Bayern Munich, said what sets the Champions League apart is the level of the opposition. Continue reading “Manchester City need to win the Champions League – Guardiola”
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could miss the Champions League final but still captain England in their bid to win the Nations League, said national coach Gareth Southgate.
The 25-year-old talisman has not played since injuring ankle ligaments in the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League quarterfinal win over Manchester City.
Kane, who won the Golden Boot at last summer’s World Cup, missed the end of the Premier League season with Tottenham but is hoping to be fit for their European showpiece final with Liverpool.
That game takes place in Madrid on June 1, just five days before England face Holland in their Nations League semifinal.
Kane was included in an initial 27-man squad for the tournament named by Southgate on Thursday, with the final group of 23 to be confirmed on May 27. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7
“Frankly, we will know a lot more about that if he is in Tottenham’s team,” he said of Kane’s current fitness level.
Continue reading “Kane will get time to prove fitness for England – Southgate”
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward vowed that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be backed in the transfer market despite a bitterly disappointing end to the season.
Solskjaer was only appointed on a permanent basis in March but is already under pressure after United won just two of their final 11 games in all competitions.
“While the last few weeks were disappointing, we are delighted to confirm the appointment of Ole on a three-year contract,” said Woodward on a conference call to investors as United’s third-quarter financial results were revealed on Thursday.
“Preparations for the new season are underway and the underlying strength of our business will allow us to support the manager and his team as we look to the future.”
United ended the season 32 points off Premier League champions Manchester City and failed to qualify for the Champions League after finishing sixth. Place bet on today’s matches on NaijaBet
Solskjaer has spoken honestly about the need for a huge rebuild at Old Trafford but is hoping that a new season and additions to the squad will result in a fresh start for the club.
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“If you are second you are nothing,” said former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly. But rarely can a runner-up have been more proud of falling just short than Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
Shankly won three league titles on Merseyside in the pre-Premier League era and built the foundations for two decades of dominance that endured even after he departed.
Yet even he could not conceive of amassing 97 points in a league season, let alone that mark only being good enough for second place.
Liverpool’s points tally was not just a club record, but the third-highest in Premier League history, behind only Manchester City’s 98 this season and City’s haul of 100 points in romping to the title last year.
Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s men, it will be Pep Guardiola’s champions they have to beat again to end a 30-year wait for a league title next season.
“As long as City are around, with the quality they have, the financial power and all that stuff, it’s not that any other team will pass them easily,” said Klopp, whose side lost only one league game all season, to City in January, and still missed out. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“You need to be very, very close to perfection to win the Premier League as long as this is the case.” Continue reading “Liverpool move forward in bid to dethrone Pep’s Man City”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his side’s rivals that the English champions will only get stronger after holding off Liverpool to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.
City came from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 on Sunday and take the title by just one point from Liverpool, despite the Reds amassing a club record 97 points.
Indeed, Liverpool’s points tally is the third highest in Premier League history, behind only City this season and when they racked up 100 points in storming to the title for the first time under Guardiola last year.
City could become the first side to ever win a domestic treble in England should they beat Watford in the FA Cup final next weekend.
But Guardiola is already looking ahead to next season and strengthening his squad to repeat the feats he achieved in winning three titles in a row at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“Winning is so addictive and of course in a few days we have the FA Cup,” said Guardiola, who has now won eight league titles in 10 seasons as a coach. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7
“After (we’ll) prepare well, take the right decisions for next season to come back stronger because Liverpool will maintain it I think and the other ones will be better. Continue reading “Man City will only get better, Pep warns rivals ahead of next season”
Manchester City and Liverpool have slugged it out in one of the most gripping Premier League title races of all time, going toe to toe in a monumental battle for the ages.
But it will all be decided on Sunday when City travel to Brighton and Liverpool host Wolves, with Pep Guardiola’s team firm favourites to get over the line ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s charging team.
The bare statistics from both sides this season are phenomenal.
City, on 95 points, have won their past 13 Premier League matches to wipe out a seven-point lead for Liverpool and are on the brink of becoming the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009.
Klopp’s men, with 94 points, have recovered from a mid-season stumble to record eight straight victories and are agonisingly close to their first English top-flight title since 1990.
The 18-time league winners face the scarcely credible scenario of ending the season with the third-highest points tally in Premier League history and a single defeat yet still missing out on the title. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet
City look almost certain to finish off the job on the south coast but Guardiola, speaking after a nervy 1-0 win against Leicester on Monday, is taking nothing for granted. Continue reading “Man City on brink of Premier League glory as Liverpool cling to hope”
Aymeric Laporte hailed the influence of Vincent Kompany after Manchester City’s inspirational captain struck a stunning winner in the critical Premier League clash with Leicester.
The long-serving defender once again proved the man for the big occasion as he netted with a ferocious long-range strike 20 minutes from time to settle a tense encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.
The 1-0 win lifted treble-chasing City back to the top of the Premier League, one point ahead of Liverpool, with just one game remaining in a gripping title race.
Kompany’s decisive contribution ranked alongside his vital winner against rivals Manchester United during the 2012 title run-in for importance.
Fitness issues may mean the 33-year-old is no longer a regular starter but the influence of the three-time title-winning skipper shows no sign of waning even though he admits his future is uncertain.
“It is amazing, unbelievable,” said fellow central defender Laporte. “I never see one goal like that – maybe because I wasn’t on the pitch, I don’t know – but we are so satisfied with this game. Bet Now on NaijaBet
“He is a guy (who is) very important for us, for the club. I think he gives us a lot of things. He is an example for us.
“We have to improve and keep working with him because he can give a lot and he is a very good guy on and off the pitch.” Continue reading “Laporte hailed Kompany after breathtaking Man City win”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United legend was built on scoring the goal that won the Champions League, but, 20 years on, the Norwegian now concedes the United side he has inherited as manager are not even fit to grace that competition.
The scale of the task now facing Solskjaer was laid bare by Sunday’s 1-1 draw at already relegated Huddersfield, statistically one of the worst sides ever to play in the Premier League, that ensured United cannot finish in the top four and must accept the consolation prize of a place in the Europa League.
“We are not in the Champions League but I think that is a true reflection. The table seldom lies at the end,” admitted Solskjaer as he came to terms with a run of two wins from 11 games that have sucked the enthusiasm from his first few months as a caretaker manager.
“When United needed their players to stand up and be counted, playing with intensity, taking responsibility individually, concentrating fully, fighting for the right to play in the Champions League, they froze,” wrote The Times.
“The meek may inherit the earth but they also end up in the Europa League.” Place bet on Live Matches 24/7
Solskjaer was given the job on a permanent basis less than six weeks ago on the back of winning 14 of his first 17 games in charge. Continue reading “Man United to face huge rebuild after Champions League failure”
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no extra motivation to do his former club Liverpool a favour in the Premier League title race when his side face Manchester City on Monday.
Liverpool can return to the top of the table if they beat Newcastle United on Saturday but will only be in pole position to clinch the league title on May 12 if Rodgers’ Leicester can claim a point or better at the Etihad Stadium.
Yet Rodgers, who went agonisingly close to winning the league with Liverpool in 2013-14, is only focused on his job at Leicester.
“I am employed by Leicester. My focus is on Leicester City. There’s no comparison really,” Rodgers told a news conference on Thursday.
“It’s exciting to be involved but my thoughts are solely with Leicester and doing what we can to get a result. Place bet on Europa League matches on NaijaBet
“Liverpool back then was at a different stage. We had young players, loan players. We went from eighth to second in a couple of years so it’s a different dynamic. We deserved to finish second.” Continue reading “Leicester needs no extra incentive to beat Man City – Rodgers”