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Champions League: Why Valencia Players Snubbed Press Conference

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Valencia manager Albert Celades says the situation is not ideal after his players stayed away from the press conference for their Champions League clash at the home of Premier League giants.

The Spaniards travel to West London to face 2012 winners Chelsea in a Group H clash in the Champions League.

The Valencia players missed the Chelsea game as a form of protest against the sacking of their manager, Marcelino.

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Valencia sacked Marcelino last week and that decision didn’t go down well with the players.

Marcelino led Valencia to the COPA Del Rey title in the last campaign in addition to Champions League qualification via a fourth-place finish at the end of last season’s Spanish La Liga outfit.

Albert Celades was appointed as the replacement for the sacked Marcelino and his first game in charge of Los Che was at Barcelona at the weekend.

Barcelona thrashed Valencia 5-2 in the Spanish La Liga week four clash at the Nou Camp.

Albert Celades didn’t start his managerial career at Valencia on a good note but he can correct that when he takes his team to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their opening Champions League clash in Group H.

Chelsea will take on Valencia in West London on Tuesday night.

Segun is a regular contributor to beIN sports and has worked at several publications, including Aljazeera, and taslkSport.

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EPL: Chelsea Confirm Starting Lineup vs Everton

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Cheslea would be hoping to pile up the misery on Everton when the two teams meet at the weekend in a Premier League clash.

Everton will be without manager Marco Silva for the first time in almost two years when they welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park for the lunchtime kickoff on Saturday after the Portuguese tactician was sacked on Thursday evening.

Marco Silva has left Everton in trouble with the Toffees in the bottom three on the Premier League table after the thumping defeat at the hands of Merseyside rivals Liverpool earlier this week.

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Everton were beaten 5-2 at Liverpool and that left them in 18th position on the log after 14 points from the first 15 league games of the season.

Club legend Duncan Ferguson has been placed in temporary charge of the team and his first test would be the Chelsea match on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea would be targeting a second successive league win after ending a run of three matches without a victory in midweek via the slim 2-1 over league newcomers Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Possible Chelsea XI vs Everton: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante; Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Willian.

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Eden Hazard To Miss El Clasico Clash With Barcelona

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Real Madrid have been dealt a big injury blow following the news that star player Eden Hazard will miss the El Clasico clash with arch rivals Barcelona.

Summer signing Eden Hazard has suffered a fractured ankle and would miss the blockbuster El Clasico meeting with Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.

He suffered the injury from during the recent Champions League game at home to French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

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Eden Hazard was subbed off during the PSG game following the injury he sustained via the tackle from Belgian international teammate Thomas Meunier.

Eden Hazard has not enjoyed an extended run in the Real Madrid team mainly because of injury problems.

The 28-year-old forward signed for Real Madrid from Premier League giants Chelsea in the summer in a club-record deal.

Real Madrid paid around €100m to sign Eden Hazard who had one year remaining on his contract at Chelsea.

Eden Hazard spent seven successful years at Chelsea with two Premier League titles and two Europa League titles.

The Belgian international signed for Chelsea from French Ligue 1 outfit Lille for a fee of around £32m.

He won the Premier League title under former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

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Golden Boot Race: Vardy, Tammy Abraham Add To League Tally

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy maintained his lead at the top of the top scorer chart in the Premier League after he scored another goal in the latest round of games.

Jamie Vardy scored one of the goals as Leicester City beat bottom club Watford 2-0 at home to record their seventh straight win in the Premier League.

The retired England international took his tally to 14 Premier League goals this season after he scored the opening goal of the game against the Hornets.

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Vardy scored from the penalty spot after the foul on Northern Irish center-back Jonny Evans.

England international James Maddison scored the second Leicester City goal in the dying moments of the game to wrap up the three points on offer.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham maintained the pace with Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot after his recent injury problem.

He returned from injury to score his 11th league goal of the season against Aston Villa.

Tammy Abraham gave hosts Chelsea the lead at home to Aston Villa before the visitors equalized through Egyptian international Trezeguet at the end of the first half.

Mason Mount scored the winning goal for Chelsea in the second half off an assist from Tammy Abraham.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also in the mix for the Golden Boot with 10 league goals ahead of the home game with Brighton and Hove Albion on Thursday night.

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What Bale Said About New Spurs Manager Jose Mourinho Revealed

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has spoken about the recent appointment of Jose Mourinho as the Tottenham Hotspur manager for the first time.

Jose Mourinho became the new Tottenham Hotspur manager at the end of November after long-term manager Mauricio Pochettino was sacked for the poor start to the season.

Pochettino spent over five years at Spurs and also led them to the Champions League final at the end of the last campaign in a miraculous manner following their second half, second leg recovery against Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam in the semifinals.

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Welshman Gareth Bale has been linked with a return to Spurs in recent days with some reports claiming that Mourinho has given club chairman Daniel Levy the go ahead to pursue a deal for him.

Bale was a Tottenham Hotspur player until the summer of 2013 when he left the North London club for Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid in a then world-record fee of £85.3m.

In a chat with BT Sports, Gareth Bale vetoed the appointment of Mourinho as the Spurs manager before adding that the Portuguese tactician will guarantee his former club trophies.

Ex-Chelsea, Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho led Spurs to three straight wins at the start of his tenure before they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in a week 15 league game played on Wednesday night.

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EPL: Chelsea Striker Doubtful For Villa Game

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is a big doubt for the upcoming Premier League clash with newly promoted side Aston Villa as a result of the hip injury sustained during the Champions League trip to Valencia last week.

Tammy Abraham was subbed off during the first half of that Valencia game which ended in a 2-2 draw.

He missed the league game against West Ham United at the weekend.

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Tammy Abraham was sorely missed as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 at home to London rivals West Ham United.

He is the topscorer at Chelsea after netting 10 goals in the Premier League this season.

Only Jamie Vardy has more goals than Tammy Abraham in the English top flight this season.

The Leicester City striker has scored 13 league goals this term.

Tammy Abraham could miss the reunion with his former Aston Villa teammates if he succumbs to the hip problem.

The Nigerian-born England international spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and he was instrumental as the Midlands club secured a return to the Premier League last season.

Tammy Abraham scored 25 goals in 37 appearances for Aston Villa last season as they gained promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs.

He has 11 goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season.

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EPL: Chelsea Backed To Return To Winning Ways vs Aston Villa

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Europa League holders Chelsea have been backed to return to winning ways against Aston Villa in the Premier League after the recent run of two straight losses.

Chelsea play hosts to club legend John Terry and Aston Villa with the target of ending their run of two successive league defeats and three games without a win in all competitions.

Former Chelsea skipper John Terry is the assistant manager at Aston Villa who are managed by Dean Smith.

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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was recently handed a new contract at Villa Park and he celebrated it with a well deserved 2-2 draw at the home of Manchester United at the weekend.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is a former teammate of John Terry whom he shared the Blues dressing room with for many years.

Both Lampard and Terry were also colleagues with the England national team.

Lampard has done a great job in his first season as a Chelsea manager up till date though the last three games have not gone as planned.

They lost 2-1 at Manchester City in the league before being beaten 1-0 at home to London rivals West Ham United.

Those league games was sandwiched by the 1-1 draw with Spanish club Valencia in the Champions League.

Mark Lawrenson backed Chelsea to beat Aston Villa 2-0 and get back to winning ways.

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EPL: Chelsea Confirm Starting Lineup vs Aston Villa Revealed

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will certainly learn a lot about his players during this period of games without victory ahead of the Premier League clash with league newcomers Aston Villa.

Chelsea are without a win in their last three games in all competitions including defeats in each of the last two league games and new manager Frank Lampard would be hoping to lead his team back to the glory path against a stubborn Aston Villa who were able to secure a 2-2 draw in their last league game at Manchester United at the weekend.

Chelsea won six league games in a row before they came unstuck at Premier League champions Manchester City via a 2-1 defeat.

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That defeat was followed by the 1-1 draw away to Valencia in the Champions League before the 1-0 loss to West Ham United at home at the weekend.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard rested the likes of N’Golo Kante and Willian for the West Ham United game on Saturday though the two players came off the bench and were unable to affect the result positively.

The two players will be restored into the starting lineup for the Villa game as well as leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham who’s expected to make his return from the injury that ruled him out of action at the weekend.

Probable Chelsea XI vs Aston Villa (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount; Willian, Tammy Abraham, and Christian Pulisic.

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Why Giroud’s Move To AC Milan Is Off For This Season

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is expected to leave the club in the January transfer window in his bid to get more playing time under his belt ahead of the upcoming 2020 European Championships next summer.

Giroud has been touted as a possible transfer addition for a lot of clubs in his quest to achieve the above stated target of more playing time before the Euros.

AC Milan were one of those clubs keen to sign Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window, but it seems like the Rossoneri have pulled out of the race to sign the French World Cup winner.

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This is according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano which revealed that AC Milan are no longer pursuing a move for Giroud and that the seven-time European champions have switched their attention to other target strikers especially Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

If the latest reports are to be believed, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is closing in on a sensational return to the San Siro in the colours of AC Milan.

Ibrahimovic is a free agent after his contract at Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit LA Galaxy ended.

He joined the MLS club at the start of 2018 after leaving Manchester United.

Fellow Italian Serie A club Bologna have also been linked with a free transfer move for Ibrahimovic.

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