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Chelsea Boss Speaks On Callum Hudson-Odoi Ahead Of Villarreal Clash

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Injury Dents Chelsea's Squad Ahead Of Arsenal Clash

Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel has conceded the decision to play Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic as wing-backs was his plan B ahead of the Uefa Super Cup match against Villarreal.

The two played in that position as their team defeated Arsenal 2-1 in a pre-season friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Blues are currently missing the services of Ben Chilwell, Emerson Palmieri, and Reece James who were given extended holidays after assignments with their national teams. Cesar Azpilicueta is still not physically fit while it is not clear whether Marcos Alonso is nursing an injury.

The game against the Spanish outfit is scheduled for August 11 at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland and the tactician has now pointed out his plans for the game.

“Yes, maybe [Pulisic will play in that position against Villarreal],” Tuchel told Hayters TV as quoted by The Chelsea Chronicle.

“He played there with me at Dortmund — and we have played many times like this with Callum Hudson-Odoi. Marcos [Alonso] was not able to play [on Sunday].

“So we put Callum on the left side which is what I had wanted to see for a long time if he could, maybe, be more dangerous from this position with his dribbling, coming inside — which he loves and he did it [against Arsenal].

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The former PSG manager further explained why it was ideal to try the duo against the Gunners.

“You know our situation. We have [Azpi and Reece] for the right-back position, but both are not here,” Tuchel continued.

“So we need to have solutions because we start on the 11th against Villarreal and 14th for the [Premier League] season. We [could] not try things then, so it’s the time to see.”

 

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LaLiga President Reveals How Players Caused Messi’s Exit From Barcelona

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LaLiga President Reveals Players Who Caused Messi's Exit From Barcelona

LaLiga President, Javier Tebas, has told COPE, that Lionel Messi’s departure from Nou Camp, could have been avoided if the club had not brought in Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero during the summer transfer window.

He also stated that if Barcelona had sign the CVC deal, which could have seen the Spanish giants sell off 15% of its shares, it would have been able to renew Messi’s contract

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“I had dinner at Laporta’s house and he agreed to sign the CVC agreement.

“I didn’t know if Messi could renew because of that, but later I got a call [from Laporta]. ‘Can we accelerate the CVC deal? The kid [Messi] is getting nervous,’ he said.

“I told him: ‘The day it comes out, Florentino is going to try and burst it.’ And Laporta told me: ‘No, no, I have character.’ Florentino’s behind it all, I have no doubt.

“There was an agreement that if [Barca] signed the CVC deal, they could have put 15% of the money towards signing players. In my opinion, they could have signed Messi.

“Laporta signed players like Memphis, Aguero… if he didn’t sign those players, Messi could continue,” he said.

 

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Mourinho Blames Poor Officiating For Roma’s Defeat

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Mourinho Blames Poor Officiating For Roma's Defeat

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has accused match officials of being responsible for his side 3-2 defeat to Lazio on Sunday.

The Roma tactician alleged that the officials were “not at the right level”.

Mourinho’s side came back twice from a two-goal deficit only to fall 3-2 against Maurizio Sarri’s side in the Rome derby.

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During the game, referee Marco Guida dished out six yellow cards, but Mourinho feels the match was undone by his grip on the whistle.

“Unfortunately, a fantastic game was ruined by the referee and VAR, who were not at the right level for this match.

“The second goal could’ve been 1-1, it went to 2-0. The [lack of a] second yellow for Lucas Leiva was important too. I think my team was the best on the field today.

“We dominated, we gave Lazio huge problems, they controlled the final minutes the way they wanted to, and because the referee allowed them to do so,” Mourinho told DAZN.

 

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BREAKING: Anthony Joshua Loses Heavyweight World Champion Title To Oleksandr Usyk

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Anthony Joshua Loses Heavyweight World Champion Title

Oleksandr Usyk shocked Anthony Joshua in their heavyweight clash on Saturday evening as he emerged victorious on points.

He has been crowned the new unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion.

Usyk went into the fight as the underdog.

The 34-year-old was unbeaten in his 18 professional bouts going into the clash but had fought just twice in the heavyweight division.

He was given a hostile reception by fans inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the Ukrainian national anthem sounded.

In contrast, the atmosphere was electric as Joshua made his way to the ring.

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There were concerns that Usyk was too small for the heavyweight division but he made a mockery of those claims in the opening rounds.

The Ukrainian was looking good with Joshua struggling to cope with the challenger’s movement.

Usyk was bossing Joshua in the early stages and he hurt Joshua with a big shot in the third round.

Joshua needed to respond and the fourth and fifth rounds were much better from the champion.

The Englishman landed some big shots in the latter half of the fifth round and then continued his momentum in round six.

Usyk wasn’t going away though and he rocked Joshua once again in the seventh round with another big left hand.

It was all still to play for going into the final rounds.

Joshua’s right eye was swelling and was completely closed, while a cut had formed under Usyk’s right eye.

Usyk’s performance levels did not drop and he controlled the fight in the closing stages.

Sensing he needed a knockout to win, an exhausted Joshua gave it his all to drop his opponent.

But Usyk was not to be deterred and he so nearly dropped Joshua himself in the 12th.

Joshua survived but he fell on points, with all three judges giving the fight to Usyk (117-112, 116-112, 115-113).

It was a masterclass from Usyk and he was well worth his victory.

AJ has a rematch clause and it’s very likely that he will activate it to try and win his belts back.

 

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