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Ex-Chelsea Manager Set To Return To Football Management

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Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri is closing in on a return to football management with Italian Serie A side Sampdoria.

The Italian tactician has not been in the dugout since he left AS Roma at the end of last season.

He was a temporary manager at Italian capital club AS Roma and the former Juventus and AS Monaco boss spent three months with the Europa League campaigners on the back of replacing Eusebio Di Francesco who resigned from his job as the AS Roma manager in March.

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Ranieri will replace the same Eusebio Di Francesco at Sampdoria after he was sacked earlier this week on the back of just two wins in all competitions this term.

Experienced manager Claudio Ranieri is said to have agreed a contract worth 34,000 pounds on a weekly basis.

Claudio Ranieri was the Chelsea manager for four years before his contract was terminated in 2004.

His finest hour as a football manager was in the Premier League.

The Italian masterminded one of the biggest feats recorded in football in recent times when he led Leicester City to an unlikely Premier League title during the 2015/16 season.

The Foxes won the league title under his watch three years ago.

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

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Chelsea Loanee On Target As Atalanta Make Champions League History

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Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic was on target for the Italian Serie A giants as they made history in the Champions League courtesy their 3-0 win over Ukranian side Shakthar Donetsk on Matchday Six.

He was one of the goalscorers for Atalanta who secured the much needed win to book their spot in the last 16 of this season’s Champions League.

Mario Pasalic is a Croatian international and he is on loan at Atalanta from Premier League giants Chelsea.

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Atalanta made history as they became the first team to make the knockout stage of the competition after losing their first three group games.

They scored three goals in the last quarter of the game to seal a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Shakthar Donetsk after Brazilian player Dodo was sent off nine minutes after Belgian international Timothy Castagne had given the away side the lead in the 68th minute.

Mario Pasalic added a second goal in the 80th minute before German left-back Robin Gosens wrapped up the game in added time to take his team to the next round.

Atalanta were helped by the result from the other game as group leaders Manchester City came from behind to beat hosts Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 courtesy the hattrick from Gabriel Jesus and a Phil Foden goal.

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Chelsea Opponents For Champions League Knockout Stage Revealed

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One-time Champions League winners Chelsea have discovered their possible opponents for the knockout stage of the competition which starts as from next year.

The Champions League group stage for the 2019/20 season was concluded on Wednesday night and Chelsea have found out about the pool of teams they could dace in the round of 16.

Chelsea are in danger of facing one of the favorites for this season’s Champions League title after they finished second in Group H behind Spanish La Liga giants Valencia.

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The Blues secured their place in the knockout stage with the slim 2-1 win at home to French club Lille in their final group game.

Topscorer Tammy Abraham scored the first goal of the game to take his tally to 13 goals in all competitions this season before club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta added a second goal with ten minutes left on the clock.

Former player Loic Remy halved the deficit on 78 minutes to setup a grandstand finish but Chelsea held on to take the points and secure their place in the knockout stage.

Chelsea can face the likes of Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Bayern Munich, Juventus, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the competition.

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Chelsea Scout In-form Bundesliga Striker Ahead Of January Window

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Europa League holders Chelsea have scouted RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner according to the latest report from the London Evening Standard.

It was revealed that Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Timo Werner at his German Bundesliga outfit.

Timo Werner has been in sensational form for RB Leipzig who is one of the 16 teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

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The petite German international has scored 15 goals and also assisted five more goals in his 14 league appearances for RB Leipzig this term.

Timo Werner is the second topscorer in the German Bundesliga this season behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who has 16 goals in this season’s German Bundesliga.

RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner has scored 20 goals in 22 appearances for his team in all competitions including three goals in six Group G games in the Champions League.

He has also scored two goals and assisted two more goals in two games in the German Cup for the 2019/20 season.

RB Leipzig are in the Champions League last 16 after the Germans finished their Group G campaign at the top of the group.

The German Bundesliga team will find out their next opponents in the Champions League next week Monday with the likes of Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Chelsea amongst the teams they can face in the last 16.

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Arsenal, Everton To Pay Huge Compensation Fee For Sacked Italian Manager

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Premier League duo Arsenal and Everton have both been touted as the next destination for Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian manager was sacked from his position at Napoli earlier this week.

Carlo Ancelotti lost his job as the Napoli manager on Tuesday night despite leading the Italian Serie A side to victory in the Champions League.

According to the report from the Daily Mirror, Carlo Ancelotti was placed on gardening leave immediately after his dismissal meaning that the Italian tactician is still on the payroll at Napoli with interested clubs like Arsenal and Everton expected to pay huge compensation fee for him if they want him as their next manager.

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Carlo Ancelotti is not a stranger to the Premier League having been appointed the Chelsea manager in 2009.

He spent two seasons at Chelsea before being sacked in 2011.

Ancelotti won the Premier League title at Chelsea during the 2009/10 season thus becoming the second Blues boss to achieve the feat behind Jose Mourinho.

He was named the Napoli manager last summer and led them to second place in the league last season which was his first full campaign with the club.

Carlo Ancelotti lost his job as a result of a nine-game winless run until his last game, the 4-0 win over Genk FC of Belgium in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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Liverpool Ahead Of Chelsea, Man Utd For £120m Winger

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Merseyside giants Liverpool are reportedly in pole position to sign highly-rated Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho according to journalist Simon Hughes who works for The Athletic.

It was revealed that the Premier League leaders are ahead of rivals Chelsea and Manchester United in the quest to sign Jadon Sancho who’s keen to return to English football.

The England international left the Premier League in 2017.

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Jadon Sancho signed for Borussia Dortmund two years ago for a fee of around £8m from Premier League champions Manchester City.

He had some problems at Borussia Dortmund earlier this season but that seems to be a thing of the past after the young English winger scored three goals in the last two games in all competitions.

Earlier in the season, Jadon Sancho was fined and banned from one league game by his club after returning late from the October international duty.

He was subsequently substituted in the first half of the German Bundesliga mauling received at the hands of rivals and holders Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund were beaten 4-0 during that game.

Jadon Sancho is in his third season at Borussia Dortmund and has weighed in with 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

He scored 12 goals and provided 17 assists in the last campaign.

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Man City To Rival Chelsea For Experience Premier League Defender

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Premier League champions Manchester City are looking to strengthen their team defensively when the transfer market reopens in the coming days and they have identified Bournemouth center back Nathan Ake as a potential addition on the defensive front according to the Daily Express.

Manchester City will have to rival Chelsea for Nathan Ake with the Blues also been linked with a January move for the Dutch international player.

Nathan Ake was at Chelsea before he joined Bournemouth permanently in the summer of 2017 and reports claimed that the Blues have a buyback clause in the transfer that took him to the Cherries two years ago and that could prove to be problematic for Manchester City in their bid to sign the player.

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Leicester City were interested in signing Nathan Ake this summer as a replacement for Harry Maguire who had left the club for Manchester United in a world-record fee for a defender.

Manchester United paid £80m to sign Harry Maguire in the summer and Leicester City wanted Nathan Ake to replace him before they were scared away by the £75m price tag slammed on him by Bournemouth.

Premier League champions Manchester City have suffered defensively this season mainly due to the serious knee injury sustained by first-choice center-back Aymeric Laporte in August.

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Frank Lampard Reveals Players He Will Sign Ahead Of January Window

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed his priority ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.

Lampard talked about transfers shortly after he led Chelsea into the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

During his post-match press conference after the game, the former Chelsea midfielder told reporters about his target for the January transfer window.

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According to him, his priority is to replace Eden Hazard who was a former talisman at Chelsea before his move to Real Madrid this summer.

Eden Hazard had a year left on his then contract at Chelsea before he made the move to the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu in the summer.

Real Madrid paid a club-record fee of around €100m for Eden Hazard to complete a move to the club in the summer.

He was a key player for Chelsea during his seven-game stay at the club and Frank Lampard was unable to sign a replacement for him due to the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA as at the summer.

Chelsea are now free to sign players as per the recent verdict from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and Frank Lampard wants to sign a replacement for Eden Hazard who scored 110 goals for the Blues while he was at the club.

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Why Jose Mourinho Took This Decision Against His Players

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has banned his players from watching the crushing defeat to German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich during their first Champions League meeting this season.

The North London club were on the end of a 7-2 mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich despite the fact that they took the lead through Son Heung-Min.

Ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry came back to haunt Spurs after netting a hattrick during the game played at the new home of Tottenham Hotspur.

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During his pre-match press conference ahead of the return meeting between the two teams in Group B, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho told reporters that he banned his players from watching the heavy defeat from the first game.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich have changed their managers since that first meeting in London.

Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino in November and replaced him with Jose Mourinho after a poor run of result, while Bayern had earlier sacked Niko Kovac and replaced him with interim manager Hans Flick who will be in charge of the Bavarian giants until the end of the first half in the German Bundesliga this season.

Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho stated that he has watched the first Bayern game on several occasions with his technical staffs.

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