Giving up is not in our DNA

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says giving up on the Premier League title is “not in our DNA” even though their pursuit of runaway leaders Manchester City appears hopeless. The Norwegian believes his side are on the right track but admits adding to their 20 league titles is unlikely. “Of course we’ll never give up,” Solskjaer said after his side wrapped up a 4-0 aggregate victory against Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday, setting up a last-four clash with Roma. They are also desperate to claim their…

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EL Clásico among the world's most anticipated matches

The excitement is building up. EL Clásico, one of the world’s most anticipated football matches, is just three days away. It’s always a real classic when Real Madrid meets Barcelona in La Liga. And sparks are already flying in the run-up to this Saturday’s showdown between Los Blancos and Lionel Messi’s Blaugrana at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium. Caught up in the intense rivalry between the two Spanish giants is Selangor’s Swiss player Oliver Buff. The best players worldwide, are on the pitch if you talk about Barcelona versus Real…

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Chelsea Vs Atletico Madrid 2-0

Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years with a 2-0, 3-0 aggregate astonishing win over Atletico Madrid. “The most important is that we feel we deserve this,” said Tuchel. “The most important is that we give the feedback for the guys what they did here in terms of quality and intensity. Atletico had Stefan Savic sent off late on for elbowing Toni Rudiger off the ball, and the Madrid men were well beaten in the event. Disappointed Atletico coach Diego Simeone doffed…

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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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