United are currently second on the table, 15 points behind rivals Manchester City. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s home game against Huddersfield, Mourinho says their objective is to finish behind City. “The game is important because we need points to be the first of the last. “We have to try to finish second. We are in this positions all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second. “I don’t remember us being fourth, fifth or sixth, we have been there since the beginning of the season, better than last season in every aspect – points, position, number of goals scored, number of goals conceded, better in everything. “So we have to try to stay there and it’s not easy, because there are very good teams around us. Chelsea are champions again,
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victory over Sudan in the semi-final of the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Marrakesh, Morocco. The President’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement released by his media aid. The home-based Super Eagles team has booked a place in the final of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN taking place in Morocco. The Eagles recorded a 1 goal victory over Sudan on Wednesday. Gabriel Okechukwu’s lone goal in the first half was all the Super Eagles needed to land in the final. They would be meeting Morocco, who had earlier qualified for the final after an impressive 3 – 1 victory over Libya.
Arsenal will allow Olivier Giroud move to Chelsea, if the Premier League champions pay his £35million asking price. The Gunners are close to finalising an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, after their latest bid of around £60m. Aubameyang’s imminent arrival means Arsene Wenger will allow Olivier Giroud to move to Stamford Bridge, should their London neighbours meet the 31-year-old’s valuation. Chelsea discussed Giroud over the weekend, as they are struggling to strike agreement with Roma for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri. Antonio Conte is in search of a target man in the winter transfer window. With two days left before the window shut, the Blues are desperate to wrap up a deal quickly.
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has revealed three major injury worries ahead of the club’s clash with Newcastle. According to the Italian, Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois and Willian are all unavailable for Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Newcastle. While Morata is suffering from back injury, Courtois is going through ankle injury which they picked up ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup defeat at Arsenal and the duo will both be missing again at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. For Willian, he started at the Emirates but was forced off in the 30th minute with a hamstring injury and replaced by Ross Barkley. Conte told reporters, “Morata and Courtois are out. Asked when the pair will return, he responded, “I don’t know, it is very difficult t
The Franco-German gaffer said he would recall Enyeama to the team only if he is active at club level before the end of the season. He told News Agency of Nigeria, “We are waiting for what will happen to Enyeama if he plays for his club and get more playing time he can make it. “He’s been delayed now because of his injury and now, he has about two goalkeepers ahead of him, so he has to change club during this FIFA transfer window. “We also have other good goalkeepers. When I arrived, Carl Ikeme did well but now out because of illness; we are praying for him, then, Akpeyi who played against Algeria but unlucky against South Africa. “We also have Ezenwa, Alampasu who is not playing regularly in Portugal and the new entrant Uzoho, who is doing well with the U-23 team of Dep
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has played down reports that they are in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Reports on Monday, claimed Manchester City have ended their interest in Sanchez, while the Premier League champions are ready to hijack Manchester United’s move for the player. But when asked if Chelsea are making a play to sign Sanchez in a press conference on Tuesday, Conte said: “I don’t know, but I don’t think so.” The Italian had previously admitted that the Blues’ transfer plans is out of his hand. Sanchez’s move is reportedly being held up by Mkhitaryan, as the Chilean attacker has agreed terms with United.
Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs has opened up on reports linking Arsenal striker, Alexis Sanchez away from North London club to Old Traffor Giggs believes his former club will have pulled off a remarkable deal if they’re able to sign the Chilean International. United are now the leading favourites to sign Sanchez after Manchester City pulled out of the running for his signature. Giggs, who was recently appointed Wales manager, believes Sanchez will be a welcome addition at any club. “Whoever gets him, or whether he stays at Arsenal, they’re lucky,” Giggs told reporters. “He’s not only a goalscorer, but he makes goals and works hard. So whoever gets him will be a lucky team because he is a top, top player. “It doesn’t happen very often where you’re running
Chelsea playmaker, Eden Hazard, has claimed that he will sign a new contract with the Premier League club, after his team-mate Thibaut Courtois puts pen to paper on his extension. Hazard has been consistently linked to Real Madrid, with reports on Thursday even suggesting that he had agreed for the move to Spain. “Yes,” Hazard told Mirror Football when asked if he would ink a new contract with the Blues. “I think Thibaut first. Then I will sign”, he said. Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League, just a point back of second-placed Manchester United, but 16 behind runaway leaders Manchester City. Hazard has netted six goals and provided two assists so far, as Antonio Conte’s men chase a top four spot.
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has said that for him to remain at Old Trafford as manager, United must buy N’Golo Kante from Chelsea. Kante, French midfielder signed from Leicester in the summer of 2016, is now considered one of the world’s finest defensive midfielders, and his talents have turned Mourinho to a keen admirer. The Portuguese handler, according to Don Balon, has told Red Devil’s hierarchy to higher the midfielder or he’ll go. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s efforts to land Alex Sandro from Juventus are being frustrated by the high asking price the Italian giants have placed on their player. Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte has been a long time admirer of Sandro, as he looks to bolster his options at the back. The Italian giants reportedly are holding