Chelsea sack Lampard, Tuchel to take charge

LONDON: Chelsea sacked manager Frank Lampard on Monday after 18 months in charge, with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel hotly tipped to replace him at Stamford Bridge. Lampard signed a three-year deal in July 2019, leading Chelsea to the FA Cup final and a fourth-placed Premier League finish in his first season in charge. Lampard’s legendary status at Stamford Bridge was not enough to save him after a run of form which has seen Chelsea slide to ninth in the Premier League, five points below Liverpool in fourth place despite…

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Aston Villa battled in vain at The Etihad

Aston Villa battled in vain at the Etihad but Man City won it with just over 10 minutes to go thanks to Bernardo Silva and, in stoppage time, Ilkay Gundogan. On a soaking-wet night in Manchester, Villa’s first-team defended for their lives on their return to match action for the first time since New Year’s Day. Head coach Dean Smith, who was sent off following Silva’s strike, drafted Ross Barkley back into his team prior to kick-off following the loan ace’s return to fitness after 60 days away. At the…

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Arsenal pile more misery on Newcastle

LONDON: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to scoring form with a double as Arsenal’s rise up the Premier League table continued with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday. The Gunners were facing an unlikely battle for survival less than a month ago, but 13 points from a possible 15 have lifted Mikel Arteta’s men into 10th and within seven points of the top four. Despite Aubameyang doubling his tally of league goals from open play this season, it was again Arsenal’s dynamic young duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo…

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Premier League Records 40 New COVID-19 Cases, Highest In A Week

The Premier League said on Tuesday that a total of 40 individuals tested positive for COVID-19, the highest number of cases in a week this season, in two rounds of tests conducted last week. Since the new season kicked off, 171 individuals in the English top-flight have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in 19 rounds of testing. The league, which is now conducting tests twice per week, did not name the people who tested positive but said they will self-isolate for 10 days. “The Premier League… can today confirm…

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Premier League 2020: Top-four odds

The latest odds suggest the fight for third and fourth places now only concerns Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City The race for the last two places in the Premier League top four and the all-important Champions League qualification between Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City will be decided on a crunch final day of the season. All three teams have had their chances to secure their place along with Liverpool and Manchester City, but dips in form mean there is only a point separating Manchester United on 63 and Chelsea and…

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Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle

Tension is mounting at the bottom of the Premier League as the fight to avoid relegation heads towards a dramatic conclusion. With just five games left, rock bottom Norwich are seven points from safety and are sliding towards the Championship. Bournemouth and Aston Villa, who currently fill the remaining two places in the relegation zone, are locked in a four-team battle for survival with fellow strugglers Watford and West Ham. AFP Sport takes a closer look at the teams scrapping to preserve their top-flight status: Thrashed 5-2 at Manchester United…

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Spurs 'happy' with Kane's recovery, says Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur are ‘happy’ with Harry Kane’s recovery process following an ankle injury but manager Mauricio Pochettino does not know if he will be back in action ahead of schedule. The England captain was ruled out until early March after sustaining ligament damage in the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United on January 13, the third season in a row he has suffered such a problem. But Kane, who has previously returned from injuries quicker than forecast, raised hopes he could be back in action soon after posting a video of…

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No positives in latest round of Premier League virus tests

The Premier League’s plan to restart on June 17 received a fresh boost Saturday after the latest round of coronavirus tests produced no new positive cases in English football’s top flight. A total of 1,195 players and club staff were tested in the sixth edition of screening, which took place on Thursday and Friday. “The Premier League can confirm that on Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June, 1,195 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive,” the league said in a statement. Saturday’s…

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Premier League to vote on return of contact training

Premier League clubs will vote on proposals for a return to contact training on Wednesday as the English top-flight seeks to take another step closer to resuming the season next month. New UK government guidelines issued on Sunday allow for the return of “close contact” training, including tackling, to help players step up their match fitness ahead of a return to competitive action. “This type of training would start with smaller ‘clusters’ of 2-3 athletes and eventually progress to larger groups of 4-12 athletes, and ultimately full team training,” added…

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