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Complications Grow as Liverpool Gears to Play 13 Matches in 40 Days

Premier League is in November, but for most Liverpool fans the club is already on course to lift the Premier League title in under six months. With as many as 26 match weeks left, the task ahead is not easy, especially as the club gears up to play 13 matches across leagues in 40 days, beginning Saturday.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insisted, nothing can stop his former club from winning the Premier League. Interestingly, Jurgen Klopp’s side currently has an eight-point advantage at the top, but that is the sort of lead they lost last season, as Manchester City became champions of England for the fourth time.

The season is really complicated for the European Champions and problems have multiplied with in form players Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah getting injured. The duo is set to miss their next encounter against Crystal Palace, as per Sky Sports.

Salah has been struggling with a damaged ankle since a strong tackle from Hamza Choudhury in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester City back on October 5. Unfortunately, his injury got worse while playing against Manchester City following Fernandinho’s challenge.

Meanwhile, Robertson also left the Man City game with a swollen ankle, forcing him out of Scotland’s two games.

The added complication of traveling without much intervals to rest, also adds to the misery. And to top it, the European champions are to contest in 2 matches within a span of 24 hours. The club will reportedly play Aston Villa in Carabao Cup quarter-final on 17th December, before taking a long flight to contest for the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar.

“What I mean by that is do not play anyone in your first XI (for Carabao Cup) I know a lot of Liverpool supporters wouldn’t say this, and certainly the club couldn’t, but nothing can get in the way of Liverpool winning the league. Nothing,” Jamie Carragher said in his statement to Liverpool Echo, explaining how Liverpool should approach the task upfront.

There is no doubt in Liverpool’s ability of winning the Premier League, but even in the past, the team had reached agonizingly close and let the title slip out of their hands.

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Chelsea Defeat Lille to Register Place in Champions League Last 16

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It was a must win game for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and the team did not disappoint, as they defeated Lille by 2-1 to register a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

The team was in complete control for better part of the match and set up the victory they required with first-half goals from Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Lille hit back via Loic Remy only 12 minutes from time, just to heat things a little, but in the end, it just proved to be a mere consolation.

Abraham scored his 13th goal of the season after 19 minutes of constant attack from the home side. The striker turned in Willian’s cross from close range while Azpilicueta, who was unmarked in the box, headed in from Emerson Palmieri’s corner 10 minutes from the half-way time.

Chelsea who finished second in the Group H of the Champions League, displayed really good football to navigate their way into last 16. The team started their road with a loss at home to Valencia. But regrouped after defeating Ajax away from home, and then by coming back against them from 4-1 down, to earn a vital point in the rematch against last year’s Champions League semi-finalists.

However, the task ahead won’t be easy for Chelsea, given the level of competition that they will be up against. Also, while the attackers are pretty much in form, the defence has let lose a lot of unnecessary goals.

For now, the return of Antonio Rudiger after injury gives Frank Lampard his best defender back on the field, but since transfer ban from the club has been lifted, Chelsea is in really good shape to sign new players.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told BT Sport: “It did get twitchy. We need to take our chances better. At 2-0 I thought it was not quite done and when Lille scored it made it a more nervy finish to the game than it needed to be.”

“It’s going to be a work in progress. With the young players we have in this side there will be bumps in the road. I push them and can be quite hard on them, setting the high standards I want to see them reach, but at the same time I have to be patient,” he added.

Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday, as they host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. The club currently sits 4th in the league and would like to get back to winning ways, having lost 3-1 to Everton at Goodison Park in their last league outing.

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beIN to Review Serie A Partnership Over Supercoppa Match in Saudi

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Supercoppa Italiana match between Juventus and Lazio to be played in Saudi Arabia later this month is facing backlash from a Middle-East based broadcaster, beIN Sports. As reported, the distributor has said that it is considering cancelling all of its agreements in Italian soccer, which are valued at $500 million, following its spat with the kingdom over illicit regulation of beIN’s copyright protected content.

The illegal broadcast has been regulated since 2017 by beoutQ – Saudi’s pirate pay TV broadcaster – and has been condemned by multiple football associations and held accountable by FIFA for spreading piracy.

Over the past year, Qatar’s beIN has pressed Italy’s top-flight league Serie A to scrap the matches in Saudi, in which the league has a $22.5 million contract for three games over five seasons.

“beIN is actively reconsidering its entire commercial relationship with Serie A following the league’s decision to go ahead with its Super Cup match next month in Saudi Arabia,” a spokesman said. “It is remarkable what Serie A is seemingly prepared to jeopardize – not only all the financial revenues from one of its biggest broadcaster partners, but also the exposure beIN gives to the league in markets all around the world,” he added.

However, for Luigi de Siervo, who heads Serie A, honoring the contract is an important aspect regardless of what has happened or is happening. In his statement, he cleared that upon his election in February 2019, he found a multi-year agreement to play in Saudi Arabia and the league will, thus, go ahead with the due commitment. Besides, confronting beIN’s claims and adding that the contract with the broadcaster did not limit Serie A from playing matches in other Middle Eastern nations.

Serie A is the fourth largest league in the world, after England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga and Spain’s La Liga, according to Deloitte’s Sports Business Group’s 2019 review of Football Finance. Ironically, none of its team is in the list of top 10 ranking by revenue, with Juventus ranked at number 11.

The value of its pay-television revenues, too, has fallen by eight per cent in the last decade, compared to other countries which have seen rises of up to 158 per cent.

Last year in February, beIN scrapped its deal with Formula One, which was worth $30 million to $40 million a year. This was followed by a warning last November that claimed to cut spending with rights holders unless they did more to stop the Saudi-based broadcaster. And in a similar statement issued this time, Serie A might lose its entire commercial relationship with beIN pretty soon.

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Jose Mourinho Replaces Mauricio Pochettino as New Tottenham Manager

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On Tuesday, Premier League’s sacking season once again kicked off after Tottenham Hotspurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino. But even quickly, the club has appointed Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea and Manchester United Boss as the new man in charge. The Portuguese has signed a new contract until the end of 2022-23 season.

“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me,” said the 56-year-old Portuguese. “Working with these players is what has attracted me,” he added.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football.”

Tottenham played good football under Mauricio Pochettino last season and reached the UEFA Champions League final, where they lost to Liverpool. The Argentine, who was appointed in May 2014, failed to win silverware during his stint with the north London club. Ironically, with the likes of Harry kane, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Ali in the ranks, Spurs still remain in hunt for some sort of success, with their last major being the League Cup in 2008.

Meanwhile, Mourinho who still lives in London, won three Premier League Titles and an FA Cup with Chelsea. Besides, with Manchester United, he won the Europe League and a Carabao Cup.

Other than that, he has managed Portuguese side Porto–where he won the Champions League–Italian Club Inter Milan–with whom he won the league, cup and Champions League–and Spanish Club Real Madrid, where he won the La Liga title.

Mourinho has got huge reputation as a manager, but his rude behavior has often overpowered and made more headlines than his tactics and triumphs alone.

Nonetheless, Levy still believes that since Jose Mourinho has got a lot of experience, he can inspire team to play good football and achieve great results.

Mourinho was sacked back in December 2018, and turned down a number of job opportunities in China, Spain and Portugal, before agreeing to manage the north London outfit. He now takes over Spurs side that are 14th in the Premier league and winless in their last five games.

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Ahead of Euro 2020, All of Three Lions but Harry Kane Need Improvement

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The Euro 2020 Qualifier has been an eventful tournament for the England football team, especially for manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane.

After qualifying for the Euro Cup 2020 after their splendid 7-0 win against Montenegro, the Three Lions ended the qualifying tournament on a good note with a 4-0 win against Kosovo.

With the score against Kosovo in the last match of the qualifiers, Harry Kane has become the first England player to score in each of the Euro Cup qualifiers. Also, with this win, England’s team has created the possibility of being in the top seeds in the Euro Cup 2020.

While England’s players have displayed a splendid performance throughout, the tournament might have ended on a sour note for the Three Lions had the Kosovo players been more experienced and better skilled.

The prime reason being Southgate’s players not only toiled for fluency and precision in the game, but also strived to defend two of their goals.

And if this happened against France, Croatia or Portugal in the tournament, then the scenario would have been a lot different for the team. While Southgate appreciated the likes of Sterling, Kane and Rushford, he also admitted the need for improvement in the game.

England’s boss Southgate while praising the Tottenham striker, Harry Kane said, “Harry played very well. He gave us those connections and he got forward for his goal really well.”

Speaking on the need of improvements amongst the Three Lions, Southgate said, “I think the good thing is that whoever comes to play us knows they are in for a tough game, so we’ve got to have some confidence about what we’re doing as well. That said, we’ve got a lot to keep improving on, and we know that.”

Apart from Southgate, former England player and manager Chris Sutton also praised Kane, saying that the 26-year-old Tottenham striker can break Wayne Rooney’s record and go on to become the greatest player for England football team, only if Harry Kane avoids getting injured or replaced by Tammy Abraham.

Since the Three Lions have ended the Euro 2020 qualifiers on a good note with players like Kane, Sterling, Rushford and Mason Mount in a good form, it only remains a matter of time to see if Southgate’s team dominates the Euro Cup 2020.

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With 7-0 Win against Montenegro, England Qualifies for Euro 2020

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Euro 2020 Qualifiers and the England football team have always gone hand in hand in terms of controversy. And, the latest proof corroborating the statement is England’s match against Montenegro Thursday night at Wembley Stadium .

Even though Gareth Southgate’s team won the match by 7-0 with a striking performance, the match was marred by heckles to Joe Gomez at 70th minute of the game, in the wake of his confrontation with midfielder Raheem Sterling in the canteen at St George’s Park on Monday.

However, Gomez’s harassment did not seem to go well with Sterling as he condemned the crowd for heckling Gomez and came forward to support him on Twitter. Along with Sterling, Southgate also came forward to support Gomez.

Criticising the jeering by the crowd after the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro, England’s manager said, “The whole dressing room are disappointed with it. Contrary to what I’m told has been said in various quarters, all of the players are united, the whole thing was put to bed the other day.”

“Joe had done absolutely nothing wrong. No England player should ever be booed when they’re wearing the shirt. I don’t get it. All of the players are particularly disappointed with that. Also, I know I’m going to start Raheem on Sunday and get him back onto the pitch as well. It was important for both of them to get back on the field and show everybody we’re all in this now.”

Apart from the heckling, everything went well with during the Euro 2020 Qualifier match for the England football team. While the team secured a place in the 2020 Euro Cup with the splendid win, it also became the youngest England team to score seven goals in last 60 years.

Southgate’s side build pressure on Faruk Hadžibegić’s (Montenegro’s coach) team from the very starting of the game.

After scoring the goal in the 11th minute of the game, England scored in quick successions with second, third, fourth and fifth goal in 18th, 24th, 30th, and 37th minute of the Euro 2020 Qualifier game against Montenegro respectively.

Another important aspect of the game was Harry Kane’s hat-trick that made him the highest scoring captain for England. Furthermore, with the hat-trick against Montenegro, the total goal tally for Kane has reached 31.

Even though the controversies during the Euro Cup qualifiers included referees, managers, and players, it mainly revolved around the fans of teams playing and the players.

Although these controversies have managed to mar the splendid win and striking performance from the players, it remains yet to be seen if England’s bad luck with controversies would continue in the Euro 2020 Cup or not..

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