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We Cannot Get Lazy – Tuchel Tells Chelsea Stars

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We cannot get lazy - Tuchel tells Chelsea Stars

Thomas Tuchel has urged his Chelsea side to not get into their comfort zone after an important 1-0 away win over Atletico Madrid which represents the first match in a tough run of games.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds are next in the Premier League, ahead of Chelsea welcoming Diego Simeone’s side to Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

It will be a big test of the Blues’ quality as Chelsea remain unbeaten in the eight games after Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last month.

After being asked about Mason Mount and Jorginho’s suspensions from the second leg, Tuchel spoke about the need to not get complacent after his biggest win yet as Blues manager.

“Don’t forget Jorginho, we will miss two crucial players [in the second leg], it makes things not easy for us,” he said at Arena Nationala. “I am very happy with the performance of everybody, that includes Mason of course.

“Again, a good effort, a big effort, high work rate, high intensity like we are used to when he plays like this. He has a big impact on our team. Honestly, we now play Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool and Leeds, it is good like this.

“We cannot get comfortable; we cannot get lazy. These games will push us to our limits, then we will think about our solutions for the second leg.”

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Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic overhead kick won the match on Tuesday night and, having left him out of four of his eight games so far, Tuchel admits that the France international could play more often.

“No, it was not [that we saved him for Atletico],” he added. “We thought long and hard about putting him in. It was clearly a possibility that he starts against Southampton [after scoring versus Newcastle], then we analysed them and they are a very aggressive team and they press and play high up the pitch.

“So we expected more spaces behind the last line and we wanted more runs from deep. I had only three changes because in our league, it is only possible to have three changes. I wasn’t too happy in my decisions in the game against Southampton.

“Maybe we missed the opportunity to bring him on at the end, but then I can say I saved him for today!”

Tuchel continued by praising Giroud’s professionalism, fitness and influence on the squad at 34 years of age: “If you see him daily, you cannot be surprised. He is totally fit, his body is in shape and his physicality is on top level.

“Mentally, I have really the feeling he enjoys every day being a professional soccer player on this level and this is the level he needs to be. He trains like a 20-year-old, like a 24-year-old.

“He is a guy who has a good mixture of serious and joy in training. He is always positive and it is a big factor for the group. He starts, when he comes from the bench, he has all these qualities and it is good like this.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s N925m Bugatti Veyron Involved In Accident

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Cristiano Ronaldo's N925m Bugatti Veyron Involved In An Accident

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A supercar, the Bugatti Veyron belonging to Manchester United and Portugal playmaker, Cristiano Ronaldo has crashed into a house in Majorca, according to reports in Spain on Monday.

The reports disclosed that the crashed car, valued at £1.8million, about N925 million, was one of two cars the five-time Balon D’ Or Winner had shipped over to join him in Majorca.

The incident took place this morning in Palma de Mallorca, in the district of Sa Coma, in Bunyola.

It was also revealed that the 37-year-old former Real Madrid and Juventus star is on the Balearic Island, enjoying a holiday with family before returning to the United Kingdom for pre-season, which begins later this month.

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El Periodico Mediterraneo reports that the Bugatti Veyron was being driven by an employee of the Portuguese superstar, when it crashed into the entrance of a house on Monday morning.

It is understood the driver of the vehicle has suffered no serious injuries, but it is said that there is   extensive damage to the front of the vehicle.

Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of football and holds the record for most goals scored, has a love for supercars and has a fleet valued at around £17m.

In a recent documentary of which his partner Georgina Rodriguez was the subject, fans were given a glimpse at his array of vehicles including a Ferrari 599 GTO, a McLaren Senna and a pair of Rolls-Royces.

 

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AFCON Qualifier: Osimhen Shines As Eagles Thrash Sao Tome 10-0

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Super Eagles of Nigeria broke record as they thrash Sao Tome 10-0. Nigeria’s star player Victor Osimhen scored four in the game with Moffi scoring a brace. The Eagle’s head coach Jose Peseiro secured Nigeria’s biggest win in a competitive match.

 

The Nigerian Super Eagles today made history as they defeated their opponents in their AFCON qualifiers against Sao Tome to maintain a hundred percent record in their group A encounter.

The Eagles attack led by Napoli striker Victor Osihmen, were invisible  throughout  the encounter.

Oshimen opened the flood gate in the 9th minute before setting up Moses Simon and Terem Moffi in the 28th and 43rd minutes respectively to make it 3-0 going into the break.

He added his second for the day in the 48th minute before completing his hat trick in the 65th minute of play.

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The Napoli striker netted his fourth in the 84th minute to make it five goals in the qualifiers already.

FC Lorient forward, Terem Moffi, scored his second in the 60th minute while Oghenekaro Etebo, Dennis Emmanuel and Lokman Ademola also register their own goals.

The Super Eagles have now garnered six points from two games in the qualifiers to top Group A ahead of Guinea-Bissau’s clash with Sierra Leone later in the day.

It is also the biggest win the Eagles has ever had in an international competition in their history.

Next for the Super Eagles is a double header with Guinea-Bissau later in the year.

 

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the likes of Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying games.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles failed to get past the Round of 16 in the last edition of the tournament played in January/February in Cameroon this year.

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While the Eagles where in group A, current holders Senegal are in Group L with Benin Republic, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Full list:

Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sa o Tome e Principe or Mauritius
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania

Group G: Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan
Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho
Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda
Dates

May 30-June 14: Matchdays 1, 2
Sept 19-27: Matchdays 3, 4
March 20-28, 2023: Matchdays 5, 6

 

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