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‘Really poor’, ‘Clumsy again’ – Some Celtic fans are unhappy with 27-yr-old’s display

Celtic crashed out of the Betfred Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Ross County earlier today and the fans are not impressed with Christopher Jullien’s performance. The 27-year-old Frenchman had a very poor outing today and he has been criticised for his performances, in general, this season. It remains to be seen whether he can improve in the coming weeks. Neil Lennon will be disappointed with his team’s performance here. Celtic were the favourites heading into this game but they laced the urgency and intensity from the start. Furthermore, the Scottish champions deemed to lack motivation as well. Ross County attackers managed to get past the likes of Christopher Jullien with ease and the Hoops were seriously lacking in organisation at the back. Jullien had a clumsy presence today and he gifted th...

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...

Ansu Fati To Undergo Surgery on Monday

Ansu Fati To Undergo Surgery on Monday – originally posted on Sportslens.com Barcelona have confirmed that young superstar Ansu Fati will undergo surgery on Monday after suffering a knee injury in their last fixture. The 18-year-old came off at half-time in the 5-2 win over Real Betis, being replaced by six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. The Catalan giants have since confirmed via Twitter that Fati has suffered an internal meniscus tear in his left knee. LATEST NEWS Tests carried out this afternoon have shown that Ansu Fati has an internal meniscus tear in his left knee. The treatment to be followed will be determined in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/CF3FZaur5P — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 7, 2020 And today they announced on their official website that...

Why the UEFA Nations League Matters

Why the UEFA Nations League Matters – originally posted on Sportslens.com The weekend’s club football is done, and now it’s on to the international break. This is usually the time when all Premier League fans let out a big sigh of disappointment. A whole two weeks without the glorious Barclays. No fantasy football, no Gillette Soccer Saturday – none of it. Just ‘meaningless internationals’ in the UEFA Nations League. Of course, given the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps playing international games right now isn’t the best of ideas. Just last month, Cristiano Ronaldo contracted the virus while playing for Portugal. However, the disdain for the Nations League goes back long before COVID-19. Many people consider the Nations League to be nothing more than gl...

Bayern Munich Opt Not to Extend Jerome Boateng’s Contract

Bayern Munich Opt Not to Extend Jerome Boateng’s Contract – originally posted on Sportslens.com Bayern Munich have decided not to give centre-back Jerome Boateng a new contract. The 32-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer, meaning that he will be free to talk to other clubs about a transfer in January if he doesn’t agree new terms with the Bavarians. However, German publication Bild reports that the former Hamburg man will not be offered a new contract, leaving him as a free agent at the end of the season. Boateng has been at Bayern since 2011 Boateng came to the Allianz Arena in 2011 after a disappointing spell at Manchester City. He has since made 333 appearances for the German giants, scoring on nine occasions. He has won eight Bundesliga titles, five DF...

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...

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...