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Champions League: Tuchel Names 5 Top Players That’ll Miss Zenith vs Chelsea game

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Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named five top players that will miss his side’s Champions League tie with Zenith on Wednesday night.

Chelsea head to the game following a 3-2 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League in their previous fixture last weekend.

Chelsea currently top the Champions League Group H with 12 points from 5 games, while are in the third position with 4 points from the same number of games.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Tuchel said the likes of Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho would not take part in the Zenith clash.

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“We had a bit of an acute overload due to injuries and the schedule. Due to our injuries in some positions, like central midfield, when we struggle. The game tomorrow is not the problem, it’s more the game that comes up on Saturday,” Tuchel said.

“We had an early game against West Ham and then a late game against Zenit. We had a day off and a good training session today.

We can let anybody play of the 17 players plus goalkeepers we have.

The problem is the next match on Saturday because we will lose time to sleep, arrive back very early on Thursday, and then we face an intense team in Leeds who have prepared to face this match.”

“Ben Chilwell is out, N’Golo is out, Trevoh Chalobah is out, Mateo Kovacic is out, and Jorginho is out,” he added.

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Real Reason Cristiano Ronaldo Wants To Leave Manchester United

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Football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, has given a reason why forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer.

On Saturday, Ronaldo informed Man United he wanted to leave the club this summer.

The Portugal captain, who finished as Man United’s top scorer last season, is not keen on playing in the Europa League next season.

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However, Romano has now revealed that Ronaldo wants to leave Man United because he is not happy with the club’s general situation in the ongoing transfer market.

According to him, Ronaldo is disappointed because Man United have not signed any new player this summer as of today, adding that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is really ambitious.

“He [Ronaldo] is really disappointed by Manchester United’s general situation in the transfer market,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.

“The general situation on the market especially. I am told he appreciates Erik ten Hag. He is convinced he is a very good manager to restart the project but can’t be the manager.

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“He needs the club, the board and the owners to make a strong statement in the market. They need to sign players. It’s the beginning of July. Man United have no new players in their team.

“This is something that is really disappointing to Cristiano. He is really ambitious. We know him very well in football and this is why Cristiano is not happy with the Manchester United situation.

“He was expecting new signings, some strong messages from Man United in the transfer market, looking at other big clubs [Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham] in England making signings.”

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Stop looking for attention – Mikel Obi blasts Oliseh

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Former Nigeria captain, John Mikel Obi, has told another ex-international Sunday Oliseh to stop looking for unnecessary attention.

Oliseh was Mikel Obi’s coach in the national team for a brief period.

Both men hardly saw eye to eye, as Oliseh accused the former Chelsea midfielder of not playing to instructions and named Ahmed Musa as captain after he fell out with Vincent Enyeama.

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Oliseh also admitted he prefers Wilfred Ndidi in defensive midfield.

“I thought I had a good relationship with the coach (Gernot Rohr) but after I left, I read some things in the media that there were issues between Alex Iwobi and me during the Nations Cup in Egypt.

“Unfortunately, it was the opposite because I have a solid relationship with the player just like others in the national team. I read it just the same way I learnt a few days ago about my disagreement with Sunday Oliseh when he was the coach.

“All these are mere distractions and will not want to join issues with anyone. Respect is the key rather than unnecessary attention,” Mikel Obi told This Day.

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EPL: Chelsea to break bank for €70m-rated star

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Chelsea is reportedly ready to break the bank in a bid to sign €70m-rated winger, Raheem Sterling this summer, Balkan Talk reports.

The Blues are stepping up their attempts to add the Manchester City star in a sensational move and are set to push again for him with a new bid expected to arrive from the west London club.

Chelsea had their initial proposal rejected by Man City, who are holding out for around €55 million to let go of Sterling.

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is keen to lure the England international away from Man City this summer.

Sterling, 27, has been a revelation since breaking onto the scene at Liverpool as a 17-year-old sensation.

But since his controversial move to Man City, Sterling has polished his end product and established himself as a capable goal-scorer, especially under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage.

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Hazard to get new role at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is planning to use attacking midfielder, Eden Hazard, as cover for striker Karim Benzema next season, according to AS.

Benzema was heavily used last season, so Real Madrid will have to ensure he doesn’t suffer a burnout ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this year.

Ancelotti has his eyes on Hazard as an alternative for the France international.

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Hazard is looking to start anew next season after having an osteosynthesis plate in his right fibula removed.

The Belgium international is hoping to make up for a lost time after regaining full fitness.

However, the 31-year-old has little chance of ousting teammate Vinicius Jr. from his preferred position on the left flank attack line.

Also, Rodrygo has shown promise on the right flank, which has prompted Ancelotti to consider deploying Hazard as a false nine.

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Hazard operated in the role with decent success at Chelsea, so Real Madrid is hoping that experience comes in handy next season.

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