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Ballon d’Or Award: Maurizio Sarri Picks Winner

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Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has picked his winner for the 2019 edition of the Ballon d’Or Award which will take place on Monday night.

The former Chelsea boss was asked about his pick for the Ballon d’Or Award during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Juventus vs Sassuolo game in the Italian Serie A.

According to him, star player Cristiano Ronaldo should take the award for this year to add to his previous five wins.

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi have won the most Ballon d’Or Awards with each player winning it five times.

Both ex-Man Utd player Ronaldo and Messi are in the running for the 2019 edition of the yearly award.

Cristiano Ronaldo made a claim to the Ballon d’Or Award for this year after his goal for the Old Lady against Sassuolo in the Italian Serie A on Sunday afternoon.

He scored the equalizer for the Italian champions from the penalty spot midway into the second half after Sassuolo had come from behind to take a 2-1 lead.

Former Chelsea player Jeremie Boga and Italian striker Francesco Caputo scored either side of the halftime interval to overturn the opening goal of the game by Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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Chelsea might be close to another big summer announcement

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Ugurcan Cakir

English Premier League outfit, Chelsea might be close to making an announcement of a new transfer ahead of the summer transfer window with reports that they had agreed on another deal.

Haber356 reports that the Blues have had their bid for Ugurcan Cakir accepted by Super Lig 1 club Trabzonspor ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is claimed that a bid of £22.5 million has been submitted and accepted by the Turkish outfit which makes a deal close to being sealed.

Ugurcan Cakir has been superb for his club, having had 39 appearances this term across all competitions. Chelsea has been monitoring the 24-year-old and is convinced already.

The West London outfit are keen on a replacement for Spanish shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga who has been struggling to impress between the sticks.

It is believed that Ugurcan Cakir will bring in the needed competition and could take over as first-choice if he deserves it.

Chelsea have shown big ambition this season, having already concluded deals for highly rated forwards, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech with reports that more deals will occur as soon as the summer transfer window is open.

The ambition for the Blues is to qualify for the Champions League and win titles next season.

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How Chelsea’s defeat will help their summer transfer activities

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Frank Lampard

West London club Chelsea suffered a bitter 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and they are yet to get over it.

The defeat has seen their chances of making it to the Champions League reduced as they could be forced to the fifth position especially if Leicester City defeats Bournemouth on Sunday and Man United best Southampton on Monday.

Away from the poor form, loss of points and threat to Champions League qualification, former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness stated that the defeat will help manager Frank Lampard to know his summer transfer stance.

According to him, the defeat has been able to expose the players and the team in general which will help Frank Lampard to know what he needs and who to sell at the club.

He stressed that with the defeat, the former Blues player would have known the players he can not trust and that should inform his transfer decisions.

However, Frank Lampard blasted his team for not being sharp in the game, stressing that Sheffield United was stronger both physically and mentally and that gave them the victory.

Meanwhile, the race for the Champions League spot will not be decided until the last games of the season. Both Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City are in the contest.

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Who Chelsea fans should hold responsible for defeat

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Chelsea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and that has got everyone talking.

The chance of getting into the top four positions is now slim because they could be reduced to the fifth position if Leicester City and Manchester United beat Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.

In his analysis, former Arsenal player Ian Wright noted that Blues’ defender Andreas Christensen was bullied by Sheffield United attackers and could not hold on.

More so, he claims that manager Frank Lampard should be held responsible for the defeat because he was naive, especially for trying to play in a shape like Man United.

According to the Gunners legend, Chelsea players were unable to have their stance on the pitch as their midfielders and defenders were overpowered.

While admitting that Frank Lampard will be disappointed, Wright stated that they lacked intensity and pace to keep down the pressure from their opponents.

It is now obvious that fans will have to wait until the end of the season to know who joins Liverpool and Man City for the Champions League ticket.

The contest is between Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City with the Red Devils looking real for the challenge.

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Arsenal given Lacazette transfer backing

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Again, the name of France international Alexandre Lacazette has been mentioned as a player Arsenal can part ways with in order to sanction other deals.

Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta will not have enough funds to engage in the summer transfer window despite the high need for more additions.

Ray Palour is the latest to claim that the former Lyon striker should be sacrificed and shown the exit door for the club to fund other transfers.

The Arsenal legend is more particular about the club bringing in a replacement for Aaron Ramsey who left the Emirates Stadium to pitch tent with Italian Serie A giants, Juventus.

According to him, Mikel Arteta must secure the service of a goal scoring midfielder to make his team more threatening and stand the chances of winning more games.

Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal that ability and quality before his exit from the club. He scored a number of goals that gave the team some points.

The burden has been on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deliver goals since Ramsey left and that ought not to be, according to Ray Palour when he spoke to Talk Sports.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has not been having it all good with the Serie A giants. He has not delivered same quality he is known for and already being reported to return back to England with Chelsea showing interest.

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Chelsea fans won’t like this as Kante’s Stamford Bridge career might be over

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Emerging reports claim that France international N’Golo Kante is a surprise name on the list of expected exits as he might be sold by the West London outfit Chelsea in this summer transfer window.

The reports claim that the World Cup winner could be sold to accommodate Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the summer transfer window.

The asking price for Kai Havertz is around the region of £90 million and that looks too high for the Blues and they are imploring all options to make a deal happen, the reason why they could cash in on the former Leicester City midfielder to sanction a deal.

N’Golo Kante has not been a regular under the manager Frank Lampard reigns and his current fate at the club started with the reigns of former manager Maurizio Sarri who brought in Jorginho from Napoli to take up the midfield role.

Chelsea have already spend heavily to bring in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of the coming season with expectations that Kai Havertz will help to balance the team.

This, therefore, means that N’Golo Kante could be shown the way out with Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid reported to be interested in his signature.

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Lampard to spoil Juventus party ahead of summer window

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If the claim credited to Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard is anything to go by, Italian international Jorginho will not be leaving the Stamford Bridge this summer transfer window despite speculations.

Jorginho has not been a part of the Frank Lampard team since the restart of the league as the Chelsea legend has his attention on a younger squad that has been working for him. He was only handed 10 minutes of play from the bench against Crystal Palace, making speculations of Juventus’ interest in the midfielder to come alive with manager Maurizio Sarri reported to be keen on a reunion with his former player.

However, Lampard has not viewed the situation in the same light after claiming that Jorginho is an important player in the West London outfit, hinting that he would be staying ahead of the summer window.

Giving reasons why he has not been playing Jorginho, Lampard claims to be having selection issues, citing N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Gilmour as other options available for selection. He added that Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are other options in the advanced role at the midfield which makes playing time for Jorginho difficult.

Juventus will be left disappointed if Jorginho fails to make a move as he is already in next season’s plan for manager Maurizio Sarri.

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Chelsea, United to battle for Pellistri

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Two English Premier League clubs Chelsea and Man United are set for a battle off the pitch over the signature of Panarol teenage star Facundo Pellistri ahead of the summer transfer window.

Both clubs are keen on the star player and have set a target of the summer transfer window to snap him up.

Facundo Pellistri has impressed with his Uruguayan club and could be set for Europe with interests growing over his signature.

Italian Serie A champions Juventus are also reported to have been monitoring Facundo Pellistri and will make a bid for him in the summer window.

His Uruguayan club are willing to let him go for a £10 million fee which all suitors are willing to pay but Chelsea is tipped to be favourites, reason why manager Frank Lampard is making efforts to act fast.

Both Man United and Chelsea will be busy in this summer transfer window as they look to compete for titles in the coming season.

The Blues team has already confirmed two signings, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively but are looking to add more while Man United is focused on finishing the season before engaging in the summer transfer market.

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Why Chelsea’s new signings could make no meaning next season

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No surprise, Chelsea fans are already in a light mood ahead of next season after seeing their team complete two major signings.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have both been confirmed to fly the Blues colours ahead of the coming season and the club is already preparing to confirm a deal for Kai Havertz which is no doubt a major boost for the Frank Lampard team.

There are, therefore, suggestions that all the good signings for the attacking roles might just end up in a mess if there is no major reinforcement of the defensive roles.

The Blues need depth in the defence if they must succeed in their bid to win titles in the coming season.

Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and West Ham United star Declan Rice have both been linked as options for buys by Chelsea but a deal is yet to happen.

Commentators claim that Chelsea must get the West Ham United player even if they are unsuccessful in their bid for the Leicester City man.

Declan Rice has been heavily linked and no doubt he seeks a move to Chelsea. He has been tipped to be the new John Terry at the Stamford Bridge.

West Ham are asking for a £80 million fee which is argued to be too high but Declan Rice’ signature has been tipped to make the attacking recruits more effective.

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