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Europa cup draw: Chelsea to finish top; Why Sevilla is favorite to win.




The Europa Cup is considered as the most stressful competition with yet the longest group that will still accommodate 3rd place positions from the champions league spots. The 2012 champions, Chelsea will be considered favorite to top group L.

But may fall short below the 5times winners, Sevilla when it comes to lifting the cup.

This may not be considered as the blues favorite target but since winning the Europa cup will automatically qualify them to the champions league, Sarri’s men may increase their level of seriousness.

Last season’s finalist, Marseille will face Frankfurt and Inzaghi’s side, Lazio in group H, while a group that can be considered as group of death contains Anderlecht, Fenerbahce, Dynamo Zagreb and Slavia.

Arsenal will come back to correct their mistakes against Atletico Madrid last season. The Gunners will lock horns with the Portuguese side, Sporting Lisbon and Henrikh Mkhitaryan may face his country, Azerbaijan’s Qarabağ. Brendan Roger’s side will face last season’s semifinalist, Salzburg in group B which includes RB Leipzig and Rosenborg.

Gattuso’s AC Milan will accommodate Olympiakos, Real Betis and Dudelange in group F.
The summary of the group list are shown below:

Group A
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Zurich
AEK Larnaca

Group B
FC Salzburg
RB Leipzig

Group C
FC Copenhagen
Slavia Prague

Group D
Dinamo Zagreb
Spartak Trnava

Group E
Sporting Lisbon
Vorskla Poltava

Group F
AC Milan
Real Betis

Group G
Rapid Vienna
Spartak Moscow

Group H
Eintracht Frankfurt

Group I

Group J
FC Krasnodar
Standard Liege
Akhisar Belediyespor

Group K
Dynamo Kiev FC

Group L
Borisov Vidi


Okafor Bright is a B.Eng holder of Petroleum Engineering who is passionate about sports, articles and content development.


Mourinho Explains Reason Behind Salah Sale To Roma

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained the reason behind the decision to sell Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to Italian Serie A giants AS Roma while he was the Chelsea boss.

According to the Portuguese tactician, Egyptian international star Salah was not mentally ready for the Premier League while he was a Chelsea player.

Jose Mourinho spoke about Salah during his pre-match thoughts ahead of the Red Devils clash with Liverpool billed for Sunday evening.

Liverpool started the weekend at the top of the table and a win against rivals Liverpool at home will take them back to the Premier League summit.

English champions Manchester City are at the top of the table following their 3-1 win over Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho signed Mohamed Salah from Swiss side FC Basel for £11m in 2014 but the Egyptian didn’t make the grade at Stamford Bridge.

He made just 13 Premier League outings for the Blues before he was sold to Italian giants AS Roma in 2016.

Salah became an instant hit at Liverpool following his transfer from Roma last summer.

The 26-year-old scored a whopping 44 goals for the Reds in all competitions in his debut campaign as he helped Liverpool to the Champions League final.

Mourinho would be plotting how to stop Salah ahead of his side’s away league meeting with Liverpool.

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Sarri tempts 203-goal ace from Napoli

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Mertens Dries

Emerging reports indicate that West London boss Maurizio Sarri is seeking to lure star player Dries Mertens away from Napoli so as to have him pen his signature with the Blues at the Stamford Bridge.

The West London boss and Dries Mertens once worked together at the Italian Serie A outfit Napoli and proved to be a success having scored 34 goals in 46 games in the 206/2017 season and later 22 goals in 49 games the following year.

So far, Dries Mertens has scored in total. 203 goals in 553 appearances which make it a massive reported to tempt the West London boss into having him at the club.

Suggestions are that talian Serie A side will have to do more if they must keep Dries Mertens at the club with interest for her growing stronger.

The Blues have got some negative situation in the team with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giround currently not in the best of form as they have failed to deliver goals.

The former Napoli boss is therefore keen to add more strength to his team as he hopes to challenge for the Premier League title as well as qualify for the Champions League next season.

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Chelsea £30m deal almost done?

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Callum Wilson

West London side Chelsea could see their first signing sealed as early as the winter transfer window is opened after claims that a deal to land Callum Wilson is already in place.

The Bournemouth striker has been having it good so far this season in the Premier League and has scored a total of 8 goals and handed six assists on goals in his first 15 appearances.

Callum Wilson has been sighted by manager Maurizio Sarri as a perfect fit for the club with the bad form of Spanish forward Alvaro Morata and World Cup winner Olivier Giroud.

Reports according to Daily Express claim that the West London side are now confident to pull a deal through with the sum of £30 million in the winter transfer window.

Callum Wilson has been impressive to have earned a call-up to the England national team for the first time this season and that is expected to continue as long as he remains in his good form.

However, Bournemouth are reported to be reluctant in letting Callum Wilson leave the club knowing how difficult it would be to secure a replacement for him.

The West London side have already given the hint that there would be at least an addition to their team in the January window

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Unhappy Chelsea target pushing for Real Madrid exit

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Chelsea target and Real Madrid star Isco is reported to be unhappy at the Bernabeu and will be pushing for a move away from the club in the winter transfer window.

The Champions League winner is therefore interesting a number of clubs with Chelsea leading in the race that has Spanish giants Barcelona in line as well.

Although the Los Blancos are desperate to have Isco remain at the club, the attacking midfielder seems to have made up his mind in addition to not being able to find a regular starting place in the manager Maurizio Sarri side.

This gives the West London side a big boost in their pursuit for the star player as they could just move in to submit a bid for him ahead of the winter transfer.

However, they will face battle from Barcelona who are also keen on the signature of their Spanish rivals but reports hint that the 26-year-old will prefer a move to the Premier League where he is sure to have another experience.

With Belgium international set to leave the Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, Isco will be a good addition to the Blues as he will only come in to fill the gap.

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Fulham Plotting January Move For Chelsea Star

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Gary Cahill

Struggling Premier League side Fulham are eyeing a move for experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill ahead of the January transfer window.

Fulham are the bottom team in the Premier League and the London club is desperate to escape the dreaded relegation at the end of the season. To this effect, they are ready to sign quality players in the New Year in a bid to meet their target of surviving the drop.

The Cottagers had earlier sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic last month and he was swiftly replaced by Claudio Ranieri who is keen to improve the West London giants’ defensive solidity in the Premier League.

Latest reports coming out of the British media claim that Claudio Ranieri want to sign Gary Cahill to improve his defence.

Fulham are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.

Gary Cahill would undoubtedly add defensive steel to the Fulham backline if the Cottagers can secure his transfer from West London rivals Chelsea.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has already told the retired England international centre back that he can leave the club in search of first team opportunities with just six months left on his current Chelsea contract.

The 32-year-old defender has also been linked with Arsenal, AC Milan and Manchester United.

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Chelsea defensive target set to commit future with club

Timothy Aiyeku



Daniele Rugani

Chelsea long-term target and Juventus star Daniele Rugani is set to remain at the Italian side following reports that he could pen a new deal at the club.

This was disclosed by Daniele Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia who stated that the Turin side are bent on putting an end to the speculation on the player’s future and have started plans to hold talks for a new negotiation with the player.

The agent who spoke to Radio Sportiva made it clear that a fresh contract for Daniele Rugani at Turin is already at the corner as he tactically dismissed reports of any move for the star.

He noted that the West London side are not alone in the bid for the player but he will not be sold because of the believe the club has in him to deliver good performance for the club.

Daniele Rugani is well known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as they both worked together at Italian club Empoli which makes the Blues keen to have him at the Stamford Bridge.

The West London side will be left with no option than to move in for other targets that will help challenge for the Premier League title this season.

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Chelsea enter battle for Arsenal £15m target

Timothy Aiyeku



Denis Suarez

North London side Arsenal are no longer alone in the race for Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona star Denis Suarez with West London side Chelsea joining the race.

Both London sides will now have to battle for the 24-year-old who is also interested in a move away from the Camp Nou for a regular playing time elsewhere.

However, there are suggestions that he might be allowed to leave the club if the right offer of about £15 million is tabled for his signature.

Denis Suarez is believed to be a good fit for both London side and he will be required to meet with representatives of the clubs to know the plans ahead for him so as to make a decision on where to be in the new year.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea are desperate for new additions in the midfield with the Gunners getting set to part ways with Wales international Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season.

It has been a good season for both sides with Arsenal going 22 games without a defeat while Chelsea have seen just two defeats in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the ambition of both sides is to qualify for the Champions League next season as they both play in the Europa League this season.

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‘Sign this Chelsea star now’ – star player to Barcelona

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alvaro morata

Spanish la Liga giants Barcelona star Jordi Alba has welcomed the idea of his side having the signature of Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata at the Camp Nuo in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

The Spanish star has been linked away from the West London side of lately over his being unhappy at the club as a result of his bad form which might limit his playing time in the second half of the season.

Alvaro Morata has been in bad form for his West London side as he has not delivered goals as expected from him by manager Maurizio Sarri.

With recent reports that the former Napoli boss is running out of patience on the former Real Madrid player, he could be relegated to the bench in the second stanza of the current season.

However, Barcelona star Jordi Alba stated that Barcelona remains a good club that will fit good players like the former Real Madrid star, adding that he has always admired the Spanish striker.

Meanwhile, it is not sure how Alvaro Morata will fit into the Barcelona team knowing his poor form at the moment as well as the great form of French striker Ousmane Dembele.

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Journalist confirms Chelsea will sign Porto star

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Eder Militao

Highly rated journalist Duncan Castles have confirmed that West London side Chelsea are interested in Porto youngster Eder Militao and are set to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United for his signature.

The Red Devils are reported to be interested in the star signature but they have been told they will not be able to secure his service with Chelsea already favoured.

United are desperate for a new defender and manager Jose Mourinho is all out to secure the services of quality players to the team which makes Eder Militao a good fit.

They have so far conceded 26 goals in 16 games and sit sixth place in the English Premier League table which makes their defence one of the worst in the first six teams.

However, the Blues are also keen to have new additions at the back and have gone ahead with a bid already submitted for the star player.

Manager Maurizio Sarri is desperate to have a title this season as well as to qualify for next season’s Champions League and that will only be made easy with a quality squad as well as good options.

The West London side have lost just twice this season against Tottenham and Wolves respectively.

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Chelsea make big player demand to sanction Hazard’s Madrid move

Timothy Aiyeku



Eden Hazard

It is no longer news that Real Madrid are keen on having the signature of Chelsea star and Belgium international Eden Hazard.

Following weeks of speculations and drama, it now looks certain that the Belgium star will be leaving the West London club at the end of the season after reportedly making such a pronouncement.

Hazard has refused to sign a new deal with the Blues as he has his eyes on the Spanish La Liga side with Chelsea already giving up on keeping him at the Stamford Bridge.

However, it is now claimed that the Blues have demanded to have Spanish international Marco Asensio as part of the deal that will have Hazard leave the club for Real Madrid.

It was also revealed that the Blues had earlier requested for loanee Mateo Kovacic but the Spanish La Liga side are reluctant in making his loan move permanent but will rather release Marco Asensio in the deal.

Meanwhile, not minding what the outcome of the negotiation between both clubs, it is confirmed that the Belgium man will be saying his goodbye to the Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after his six years spell at the West London club.

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