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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Edinson Cavani ‘very hard to defend against’

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has praised Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani for the impact he made on the game between the two sides on Sunday afternoon, as quoted on BBC Sport. The Saints have suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of United at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League. The home team were 2-0 up after 33 minutes. Jan Bednarek headed in the Saints’ first goal in the 23rd minute, and James Ward-Prowse doubled the advantage with a fantastic free kick. However, United launched a strong comeback in the second half and picked up all three points from the encounter courtesy of a 3-2 win. Bruno Fernandes pulled one back for the visiting team on 59 minutes, and half-time substitute Cavani scored twice, first in the 74th minute and then in the second minute of injury time....

Man Utd predicted lineup vs Istanbul Basaksehir: 23-yr-old could start instead of experienced star

Man Utd predicted lineup vs Istanbul Basaksehir: 23-yr-old could start instead of experienced star – originally posted on Sportslens.com Manchester United are currently on top of Group H in the Champions League and they will be looking to keep it that way when Istanbul Basaksehir come to Old Trafford this week. The Turkish outfit managed to win against the Premier League giants in the reverse fixture against all odds and the Red Devils will have to be very careful here. A win here could take them very close to the knockout rounds of the competition and Solskjaer will demand a big performance from his players. Istanbul Basaksehir will fancy their chances of another upset here. The away side are under no pressure as they have nothing to lose. They are at the bottom of the group right n...

La Liga Match Preview, Team News & Predicted Line-ups: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona

La Liga Match Preview, Team News & Predicted Line-ups: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona – originally posted on Sportslens.com The international break is over and Barcelona return to La Liga action with a trip to Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday to face Atletico Madrid. The Spanish giants have won just three league games in 2020/21, losing twice and drawing the other two, and they will be keen to secure all three points at the expense of Diego Simeone’s side as they look to get their title challenge back on track. Meanwhile, Atletico are yet to suffer defeat in the La Liga this term, winning five games and drawing twice, and a victory over Barcelona will be seen as a huge statement of intent. Rojiblancos’ last league win over the Cules came in February 2010, and Simeone wil...

3 defenders Liverpool should look at during the January transfer window

3 defenders Liverpool should look at during the January transfer window – originally posted on Sportslens.com Liverpool are going through an injury crisis right now and Jurgen Klopp might need to dip into the transfer market when the window reopens in January. The Reds have lost three of their four main defenders recently and they are left with just one fit centre back in Joel Matip. Virgil van Dijk has been sidelined for the season after damaging his ACL against Everton. Joe Gomez picked up a knee injury while on international duty and the 23-year-old is expected to miss the majority of the season. Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to miss the next four weeks with a calf injury he picked up against Manchester City. Liverpool will have to depend on the likes of Matip, Nat Phillips and Rh...

Report: Mauricio Pochettino eyeing Chelsea and Manchester United jobs

Report: Mauricio Pochettino eyeing Chelsea and Manchester United jobs – originally posted on Sportslens.com According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, erstwhile Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is patiently waiting to get back into the dugout and is keeping an eye on some of the biggest jobs in the English Premier League. The Argentine was sacked by Spurs last November following a poor start to 2019-20, and he has remained out of job since then. Pochettino was linked with Newcastle United, Juventus and Inter Milan during the off-season, and has recently been linked with Athletic Bilbao. However, he fancies a return to the EPL and is monitoring the situations at Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, according to Ornstein. A potential return to Paris Saint...

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez picks up knee injury on international duty

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has picked up a knee injury on international duty. Apparently, Gomez hurt his knee during a training session with the national team. The 23-year-old has been outstanding for the Reds since Virgil van Dijk’s injury against Everton and it will be interesting to see how Liverpool cope without him in the coming weeks. The Premier League Champions are going through an injury crisis right now especially on the defensive front. Virgil van Dijk has been sidelined for the remainder of the season and Joel Matip has only just returned to action. Jurgen Klopp was using the Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho as a centre back but the former Monaco player has picked up an injury as well. With just one centre back fit and available it will be interesting to see how Jurgen ...

Report: Arsenal keen on RB Leipzig stars Ibrahima Konate and Christopher Nkunku

According to German news outlet Sport Bild, RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate and teammate Christopher Nkunku are both on the radar of Arsenal as some of the big clubs in Europe identify the club’s players as prospective transfer targets. Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann and the likes of Amadou Haidara, Marcel Sabitzer, Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele are all on the radars of English top-flight clubs, but suitors must be willing to meet their release clauses to have a chance of getting them. Bild claims Arsenal and other EPL sides are keen on Konate, and he currently has a buyout-out clause of £45 million. The £36 million-rated Nkunku is linked with only Arsenal in the report, but the former Paris Saint-Germain man is definitely not short of suitors given his versatility and qualit...

Micah Richards says Liverpool winger Diogo Jota has surprised him

Micah Richards has named Liverpool winger Diogo Jota as the signing of the season in the Premier League so far, as quoted in The Daily Mail. The former Manchester City right-back, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, has been surprised by the impact Jota has already made at Liverpool. The 23-year-old Portugal international joined the defending Premier League champions from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2020 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £41 million. Richards wrote in The Daily Mail: “The fact Diogo Jota is now playing to such a level that Liverpool have deployed a front four tells you everything about his impact. Nobody was expecting this after his £41m move from Wolves.” How has Diogo Jota fared at Liverpool so far? Jota has yet to establish himself ...

Report: Tottenham Hotspur keen on Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng

According to BILD (via football.london), Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng as head coach Jose Mourinho looks to further bolster his backline. The Germany international has just seven months left on his current contract at the Allianz Arena, and it doesn’t appear that a renewal is on the cards. Boateng is free to sign on a pre-contract in the January transfer window with clubs outside of Germany, and Spurs are keeping tabs on his situation. The 32-year-old has been on the radar of Tottenham since 2017 when Mauricio Pochettino was the club’s manager, and the Argentine’s successor in the dugout could be the one to finally land him. Arsenal are also keeping tabs on Boateng, and more suitors will definitely emerge should it become clear that Ba...

How Liverpool can cope without the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up an injury against Manchester City at the weekend and he could be ruled out for four weeks. The England international has been one of Liverpool’s most influential players over the past two seasons and his absence will come as a major blow to the side. Although he is a right-back, Alexander-Arnold is far more influential and more than just a defender in Liverpool’s system and he has been a playmaker for them creating numerous chances for the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino. It will be interesting to see how Liverpool cope without him in their next few games now. Neco Williams is a natural replacement for the injured Liverpool star but the Welshman is very young and inexperienced. Also, he has been suspect defensively every time he has play...

Aston Villa midfielder Trezeguet praises Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny

Aston Villa midfielder Trezeguet has raved about Arsenal defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny, as quoted in KingFut. Trezeguet came up against his Egypt international teammate during Villa’s 3-0 win against Arsenal away from home at the Emirates Stadium in North London in the Premier League on Sunday evening. The 26-year-old Egypt international started the match for the Villans and played for 88 minutes. Elneny started the game for the Gunners and played for the entire 90 minutes. KingFut quotes Trezeguet as saying about Elneny: “I always look to score goals with Aston Villa but my main goal is to contribute in helping my team win games. “Elneny is a hardworking player, he worked and believed in himself and kept working and ended up being a key player for Arsenal. “He played well during the...

Graham Roberts reacts to Christian Eriksen to Tottenham Hotspur speculation

Graham Roberts has taken to Twitter to give his reaction to speculation regarding Tottenham Hotspur and Christian Eriksen. According to Football Insider, Tottenham have been offered the chance to re-sign Eriksen from Inter Milan in the January transfer window. It has been reported that intermediaries have offered the Denmark international attacking midfielder to Spurs as well as to other clubs in the Premier League. Italian giants Inter wanted to offload the 28-year-old in the summer of 2020 and are ready to let him leave whence window opens when the window opens again in January, according to the report. Eriksen joined Inter from Tottenham in January 2020 for a transfer fee of £17 million and earns £200,000 per week as salary, according to Football Insider. Former Tottenham star Roberts d...