Chelsea host Leicester City in their final match before Christmas on Saturday as they aim to further cement their place in the top four.Maurizio Sarri’s side were boosted by their qualification for the Carabao Cup semi-finals in midweek, with a late goal from Eden Hazard enough to see off Bournemouth in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.The Blues bounced back from the disappointment of an away loss to Wolves earlier this month by winning their last two league encounters against Manchester City and Brighton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Leicester were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, however, after losing to Pep Guardiola’s Man City on penalties.The Foxes have failed to win any of their last three league matches and fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Crystal Palace last weekend, a result which saw them slip to 12th in the table.The last Premier League encounter between these two sides at Stamford Bridge ended in a 0-0 draw last January. Game Chelsea vs Leicester Date Saturday, December 22 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown live as it will be played during the blackout period. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Morata Eden Hazard continues in a central striking role for Chelsea after picking up one goal and three assists in his last two appearances in that position.Centre-back Andreas Christensen was forced off with a hamstring injury against Bournemouth and Maurizio Sarri instead picks David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger at centre-back.Alvaro Morata has returned to training after recovering from a twisted knee, but he is not even on the bench.Possible Chelsea starting XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian. Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud. Position Leicester players Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic Defenders Simpson, Pereira, Morgan, Soyuncu, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Fuchs Midfielders Iborra, Silva, Mendy, Ndidi, Choudhury, Albrighton, Maddison, Diabate, Gray, Ghezzal Forwards Vardy, Okazaki, Ihenacho Jamie Vardy returns to the Leicester XI having been rested against Manchester City in midweek.There had been concerns over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and Wilfred Ndidi, who are both struggling with knee injuries and are likely to face late fitness tests, but both are deemed fit to start.Matty James and Daniel Amartey remain out.Possible Leicester starting XI: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton; Maddison; Vardy. Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Evans, Iborra, Gray, Okazaki, Iheanacho.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea’s odds of winning are priced at 1/3 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 9/2. A win for Leicester is priced at 10/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview A win for Chelsea here would see them leapfog Spurs into third place for at least a day, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side not playing until Sunday.It would also be a great boost for Sarri’s side to cement their spot in the top four for Christmas, with the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League set to intensify during the second half of the season.There are also signs that star man Hazard is approaching his best form again after various injury issues in recent weeks. When asked whether he felt playing the Belgian as a forward could be a long-term solution, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I was sure about City in that position we could do a good match. Against Brighton I started to see this situation in different matches.”Now I want to see it against a team very compact, in low density. We have to see.”Claude Puel will know that his side must pick up some positive results over the festive period to avoid speculation over his own future at the club.It’s been a difficult season for the Foxes on and off the pitch, but with just one win in their last eight matches, Leicester will know that points on the board are a must over the coming weeks. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
UEFA Champions League Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Chelsea Atlético Madrid The reigning Premier League champions will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run in the Spanish capital, but face a stern test of their credentials Chelsea will return to European action on Wednesday when they face La Liga heavyweights Atletico Madrid in the first Champions League game to be played at Wanda Metropolitano.The Blues cruised to a 6-0 victory over Qarabag in their opening fixture but are likely to find the going a little tougher on Spanish soil as they seek to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions.Atletico were held 1-1 by Roma in their first continental outing of the campaign so will be looking to kick-start their bid for a top-two finish in Group C. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, September 27 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2, as well as being available to stream live on the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, viewers can watch the game live on television on FOX Sports Net and it will also be available to stream online using FOX Sports GO or the FOX Soccer Match Pass. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports Net FOX Sports GO / Match Pass SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Atletico Madrid players Goalkeepers Oblak, Moya Defenders Godin, Luis, Savic, Lucas, Juanfran, Gimenez Midfielders Parteey, Koke, Saul, Carrasco, Gabi, Gaitan Forwards Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Vietto Juanfran and Diego Godin were rested for a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the weekend, but should come back into Diego Simeone’s side.Thomas Partey is also pushing for a recall to the starting XI and could replace Yannick Carrasco, who was among the goals on Saturday.Fernando Torres and Filipe Luis will both be hoping to see minutes against their former club.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis; Saul, Gabi, Partey, Koke; Griezmann, Vietto. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter Midfielders Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Scott Forwards Morata, Batshuayi Thibaut Courtois has been cleared to face his former loan club after landing heavily during a Premier League victory over Stoke on Saturday.David Luiz is serving a domestic ban and nursing a broken wrist, but he could figure alongside Gary Cahill as Danny Drinkwater is the only Blues star definitely ruled out.Eden Hazard is likely to be handed a starting berth after being eased back into the fold following his return from injury.Potential starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Hazard, Pedro, Morata.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Chelsea are 13/5 outsiders to emerge victorious on Spanish soil, according to dabblebet, with hosts Atletico Madrid rated at 11/10 to claim all three points. A draw is priced at 11/5.In-form Alvaro Morata is the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard 15/2 and Pedro 10/1. Unsurprisingly, Atletico star Antoine Griezmann heads the overall market at 10/3, with former Blues striker Fernando Torres available at 5/1.Click here to see all the available markets and related odds for the game.GAME PREVIEW After opening the defence of their Premier League title with a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley, Chelsea have got themselves firmly back on track at home and abroad.In their seven outings since that surprise setback, Antonio Conte’s side have collected six victories – with a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal in the Premier League the only blot on their copybook.They marked their return to Champions League competition with a resounding six-goal mauling of Qarabag, with five-goal and four-goal showings taken in on a domestic stage since then (against Nottingham Forest and Stoke City).The Blues have players performing at the peak of their powers, with Alvaro Morata grabbing a hat-trick against Stoke on Saturday to take him onto six goals from just seven appearances this season.He has helped to fill the void created by the absence of Diego Costa, with the Blues’ top marksman from 2016-17 likely to be in attendance at Wanda Metropolitano after finally getting his wish and seeing a £57 million return to Atletico sanctioned.
Here are three ways you can improve your work – and your workplace – in the New Year. 1. Know what you’re doing before you worry about how you’ll do it.We jump to thoughts of implementation so often in our work, and that tendency creates several problems. We may not know exactly what we’re implementing, why we’re implementing it or how much is possible. By skipping ahead to the details, we begin work that may not make sense — and we unnecessarily constrain ourselves. This year, be mindful about each idea you’re pursuing and determine its larger purpose before running forward with activities. It’s not about what you’re doing but why you’re doing it.2. Spend at least 15 minutes a day in deliberate thought about something bigger than your to-do list.This is critical. I believe in mornings – but for some people, it works best to do this exercise at the end of the day to prepare for the next morning. What larger purpose defines you right now? One year from now, what will you be glad you did tomorrow? Ten years from now? What are the big things that need to happen to advance those aspirations? I believe the sum of our efforts each year reflects the rigor we apply to these larger questions. Take a few minutes each day to ask them. You may not have every answer, but you’ll make smarter choices along the way – and let the little crap go more easily. For me, five minutes at the start of my workday plus nightly blogging are tools I use in trying to step out of everyday to-do lists and think about what ideas matter most each day. What tools can you put into place to schedule reflection?3. Think about what unites your colleagues rather than what’s in it for you.The best workplaces in the world have something in common: Colleagues embrace a collective vision, and they’d do anything for each other. I’d always prefer to be in that kind of culture than a dog-eat-dog slugfest because it’s better for me and better for my organization. Try to set a course toward that kind of camaraderie. Define what you all want to do together. Along the way, share credit. Recognize the achievements of others. Sacrifice something selfish if it yields a greater good. If you are a manager, you have the chance to transform the experience of those who report to you. Seize it with a spirit of selflessness. In the end, it’s the fastest way to achievement – and happiness – for everyone.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 23, 2013June 12, 2017By: Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate, Maternal Health Initiative, Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is cross-posted from the New Security Beat.On day three of the 2013 Global Maternal Health Conference here in Arusha, Tanzania, I was joined by the Global Health Initiative’s partners to present the results of the Wilson Center’s four-year-old Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series. This series is unique in its convening power, helping to bring together experts and policymakers from around the world to collaborate on a shared goal: healthier mothers and children.From 2009 to 2012, the Global Health Initiative co-convened 22 public meetings and three private workshops with the Maternal Health Task Force and United Nations Population Fund to identify challenges and discuss strategies for moving the maternal health agenda forward. In 2011, we collaborated with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) to host two simulcasted videoconferences in Nairobi, Kenya, and Washington, D.C., which allowed maternal health experts and officials from both countries – including several Kenyan Parliament members affiliated with the Health Committee and Network for Population and Development – to share experiences and best practices. In partnership with the Population Foundation of India, we are planning a similar dialogue with local, regional, and national decision-makers on effective maternal health policies and programs in New Delhi, India, this year, as well as more D.C.-based meetings.By convening both in Washington, D.C., and globally, the goal of the series is to create a platform for fieldworkers, policymakers, program managers, media, and donors to share research, disseminate lessons learned, and address concerns related to policy, institutional, and organizational capacity building. These are many of the same themes being discussed at the Global Maternal Health Conference here in Tanzania.Ruthpearl Wanjiru Ngángá, APHRC’s communications manager, highlighted some of the results that emerged from the videoconferences.Broadly, she said they found that connecting maternal death to economic loss is a powerful and effective strategy, and it’s important to increase accountability by addressing the gap between what policymakers say and what they actually do to improve maternal health.All the policymakers attending pledged to do something based on what they learned at the meetings, ranging from building maternal health shelters and lobbying to working to unify the Ministry of Health in Kenya, which is currently split between ministers of public health and medical services (duplicated funds would be used to strengthen the Division of Reproductive Health).Participants also established dialogue between the ministries of health and finance to jointly identify priority areas and to ensure that 15 percent of the Kenyan national budget goes to health efforts, as per the Abuja Declaration.Perhaps the most striking pledge was made by a member of Parliament who did not attend the videoconferences but was motivated after hearing about them: He pledged to coordinate a day once a month where pregnant women in remote areas could consult with Nairobi-based doctors through e-medicine.And the commitments, it turns out, were not empty. Since the meetings concluded Ruthpearl said they have seen additional outcomes including a parliamentary retreat on maternal, newborn, and child care; increased press coverage, especially highlighting maternal and child health statistics and reporting on fatalities; and elevated interest in maternal health issues in general, including becoming a priority for the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association.“Where I come from, husbands are delivering their wives,” Hon. Sophia Abdi Noor who represents the Somali region of northern Kenya, said later in a follow-up meeting.And Hon. Farah Maalim, deputy speaker of the National Assembly, said at the parliamentary retreat that “we are running out of time towards the MDG deadline. There is need to reactivate the agenda on women and children’s health at the national level…the new constitution of Kenya declares health as a basic right for all Kenyans. Parliament has a pivotal role to play in ensuring the realization of this right.”Moving forward, Ruthpearl said APHRC intends to focus on advancing public-private health sector partnerships in urban slums and to start a pilot study on improving maternal, newborn, and child care services for slum residents. She also said they are working to improve engagement with Kenya’s National Division of Reproductive Health on research and technical working groups and to improve the visibility of research in policy and program formulation in general.Alongside Ruthpearl and I, Crystal Lander and Dr. Steve Solter of Management Sciences for Health also spoke on the panel, about their work with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health adviser at UNFPA and one of the collaborating partners in this series, concluded the session by expressing his hope that these dialogues were contributing to a swelling global advocacy movement for improved maternal health outcomes. The audience in Arusha couldn’t have agreed more.Learn more about the conference and access the conference presentations at www.gmhc2013.com. Join the conference conversation on Twitter: #GMHC2013Share this:
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has no concerns over back-up goalkeeper Adrian despite his error against Southampton, with it pointed out that even Alisson has made mistakes.Jurgen Klopp has been handed more headaches than he would have liked between the sticks at Anfield.Just a matter of weeks into the 2019-20 campaign, the Reds have already seen their first-choice keeper pick up an untimely knock and his understudy make both positive and negative headlines. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Adrian was the penalty shootout hero for Liverpool in a UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, before suffering a bizarre knock of his own after being clattered by a celebrating supporter.He shook off that ailment to figure in a Premier League clash with Southampton, but nearly cost Liverpool precious points as he gifted Danny Ings a reply for the Saints in a game which ended 2-1.Questions have been asked of the former West Ham custodian on the back of that display, and of Alisson’s recovery schedule, but Wijnaldum sees no cause for alarm.The Dutch midfielder said of the keeper situation on Merseyside: “Those kind of things can happen with a goalkeeper.“Last season it happened to Alisson against Leicester City and in a pre-season friendly.“How is he [Adrian] going to react to the mistake? I think that is more important than the mistake itself.“Everyone can make a mistake, also a goalkeeper. But the only thing is, he is a goalkeeper, and if he makes a mistake, a lot of times, it will result in a goal.”Adrian is still settling into new surroundings after being snapped up as a free agent over the summer.Liverpool needed a number two after agreeing to offload Simon Mignolet to Club Brugge.Wijnaldum added, with veteran shot-stopper Andy Lonergan having also been acquired: “Everyone needs time to adjust.“He is just in for, not even two weeks, so we have to get used to each other.“It would have been easier if he had come in from the start with Simon leaving and him coming in.“Now we just have to take the time that we have and train with each other and get to know each other better because everyone needs time to settle in – I had it also when I came here – I think all of the signings had it when they signed for Liverpool. So he will be ok.”Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday, with Adrian likely to provide their last line of defence once more in a home date with Arsenal. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has likened Philippe Coutinho to Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero and admitted that he rarely played the Bayern Munich new boy in his favoured position.The Brazil international has been on the move again this summer some 18 months after leaving Anfield.Back in the winter transfer window of 2018, the 27-year-old playmaker completed a big-money move to Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream A dream switch to Camp Nou quickly became a nightmare for the South American, as he struggled to produce his best while operating in the sizeable shadow of Lionel Messi.Bayern have offered him a fresh start, in an agreement which includes a €120 million (£110m/$133m) purchase option, and Klopp is backing a proven performer to flourish in his native Germany. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!The Liverpool coach told Kicker: “Coutinho didn’t get to play in his preferred No.10 role all that much when he was with us, but he’s a great No.8 and is a fantastic left winger because he’s incredibly good in tight spaces and has the pace to exploit bigger spaces.”He dominates football matches, and is a real asset if he can put his stamp on the team.”Bayern needed him, and Bayern wanted him. If they can integrate him and get the very best out of him, the Bundesliga will have a top player on its hands.”Coutinho has inherited the No.10 jersey from the retired Arjen Robben at Bayern.He will now get the chance to prove himself in the position he considers to be his best, while donning an iconic jersey.Klopp is expecting big things, with it his opinion that Coutinho shares many qualities with a World Cup winner who once excelled in the 10 shirt for Serie A giants Juve.He added: “Coutinho has an unbelievable eye for goal from range.”I haven’t seen a player coming in off the left and striking the ball with such regularity and precision from those kind of positions since Del Piero.”Coutinho will be looking to make an immediate impact with Bayern and deliver on his big billing, with it possible that a debut outing could be made on Saturday during a trip to Schalke for the Bundesliga champions. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his medical and signed for his former club Monaco on loan with a €42.5m (£38m/$46m) option to buy. The 25-year-old attempted to impress new manager Frank Lampard in pre-season but he failed to make the required impact to return to the Blues first team. If Monaco pay the €42m fee at the end of the season, it would make Bakayoko their third most expensive signing of all-time, after just Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Provincial club see the return of the powerful midfielder who broke through at the club and played 84 times. He played a major role in Monaco’s Champions League run of 2016-17 that led to the Blues paying £40m ($49m) to sign him that summer. However, he has quickly been deemed surplus to requirements by yet another manager after struggling under Antonio Conte and being loaned out to AC Milan under Maurizio Sarri. Bakayoko has played just 43 times for Chelsea and Kenedy could be the next first-team star to exit the club ahead of the European transfer window closure on 2 September. Paris Saint-Germain and Galatasaray both explored the option to sign Bakayoko on loan, but PSG opted to move for Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye for €35m (£32m/$39m) instead. Galatasaray were dismissed by Chelsea who are keen to see their asset regain his form on loan, and therefore increase his transfer value. After Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United where 18-year-old Billy Gilmour debuted due to injury issues, Lampard spoke about why he let go of Bakayoko and Drinkwater in the circumstance. “Danny has been here for two years and hadn’t played many games. He was eager for his own benefit, which I felt was good for us,” Lampard said at Stamford Bridge. “Bakayoko similarly was here for one season, went on loan and going on loan again to try to bring himself back to where he wants to be. “If you want to talk midfield players we have got Jorginho, [Mateo ] Kovacic, [N’Golo] Kante, [Mason] Mount, [Ross] Barkley, Reece James coming back from injury who can play in midfield, Andreas Christensen who can play in midfield. I have to make decisions on the squad as a whole, that is my job.” Bakayoko is not going to be available for tomorrow’s Ligue 1 game against Strasbourg but he could make his debut against Marseille after the international break. Monaco are currently in 19th place after a poor start to the season where they have lost two of their first three games, drawing the other one.
Phil Foden is “not as good as he can be yet”, but England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd sees the youngster staking a claim for more regular minutes at Manchester City.The 19-year-old delivered another reminder to club boss Pep Guardiola of what he is capable of during his latest international outing.Foden bagged a brace for the Young Lions on Monday as they saw off Kosovo 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The highly-rated playmaker put in an eye-catching performance in Hull, with the challenge of his manager at City being met.He has been restricted to just a 10-minute cameo in the Premier League this season, with Guardiola looking for Foden to force his way into contention for a more prominent role.Boothroyd believes Foden is capable of doing that in a star-studded squad, with there even more to come from a player who has been tipped to reach the top for some time now.He told reporters after seeing the City academy graduate star for his country: “He’s probably not played as well as he can do actually.“He’s obviously happy with his goals and that’s a mark of a good player, always wanting to be better.“He took his goals really well and the more he plays for us, hopefully it can be a little showcase of what he can do for his club.“If Phil keeps doing what he’s doing and keeps learning. That’s the great thing about him, he wants to be better.“He knows he’s not as good as he can be yet and that to me is the most exciting thing about him.”Foden has seen just 19 Premier League outings for City, with 13 of those coming last season.He has been tied to a new contract with the Blues, but continues to face fierce competition for places.There is understandable frustration on his part that he is not being used more frequently, but also acceptance that he needs to make it impossible for Guardiola to overlook him.Foden has said of his battle for recognition at the Etihad Stadium and the challenge he faces under a demanding boss: “He (Guardiola) has his own opinions and I stick by how I am.“I just know that I’m ready to play.“I feel like I am. I try to show him every day in training.“There is a bit of team-mates telling me to be patient but obviously I’m hungry and want to play now. I’m going to fight for it every day. I’m ready to play whenever.”
The defence of India was tested to the hilt by Qatar’s attackers but the Blue Tigers held firm to hold the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions to a goal-less draw at Doha on Tuesday.It took a tremendous individual effort from goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and the entire India defence to walk away with a draw in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash but it is a clean sheet that deserves massive respect.With that Herculean effort at Doha, India have become the first Asian side that Qatar have failed to beat in 2019. Felix Sanchez’s men have been in scorching form all year, especially on Asian soil where they have won eight matches out of eight. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream In those eight matches, Qatar’s prolific attack has managed to score a staggering 25 goals which puts India’s clean sheet on the night into context.The hard-earned draw is less than what Asian heavyweights Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates managed against Qatar this year as such, is one to savour for Igor Stimac and his men.Let alone a draw, no other Asian side has managed a shut-out against the Asian champions this year which makes India’s achievement on the night all the more remarkable.In fact, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are the only other teams apart from India who have walked away with a clean-sheet against Qatar this year.It took its share of poor finishing from Qatar and a stellar display from Gurpreet Singh to achieve that result but it is one that India can take plenty of confidence from.
There was a moment in the second half of Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday when the visitors attempted to get the ball forward and into a channel for Demarai Gray to chase and bear down on goal.Harry Maguire stepped across, matched Gray yard-for-yard, and eased him out of the way to win the ball.It earned Maguire a standing ovation, one he truly deserved on a day when three precious points were pocketed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Maguire had been getting it in the neck from the corner of Leicester fans all afternoon. Here, in one tiny fraction of the game, he was given a chance to respond.“F*ck off Maguire,” the Leicester fans sang. “We don’t need you.”And while it may be true that the England man’s replacement, Caglar Soyuncu, has done well in this Premier League season so far for Leicester, it was he who committed the fatal error which allowed United to score the one and only goal of the game.He was a little too eager to win the ball inside the area from Marcus Rashford and stuck an ill-advised foot in. Rashford tumbled and dispatched the penalty.United were in the middle of their best half hour of football since the opening day destruction of Chelsea. They were patched up to an extent, without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw, but covered for the absences well.Maguire was the preferred candidate to take the ball into Leicester territory and, in Dan James, United have a livewire attacker who looks like conjuring something every time he gets on the ball.Inside the first two minutes he was close to winning a penalty himself, having turned Ricardo Pereira and getting on the wrong side of the right-back. He was eased off the ball and Andreas Pereira forced a wonderful save from Kasper Schmeichel off the resultant free kick.Part of this United line-up were an awkward fit, however.Scott McTominay lacks precision in his passes and gives the ball away all too cheaply. Pereira is neat and tidy on the ball but does not possess the instinct wide in midfield to track his full-back. Ben Chilwell advanced well to make inroads, and could have had a goal from a dipping half-volley off a half-cleared corner.That brought a good save from David de Gea, now in line for a monster windfall with his new £15m-per-season contract. He has had his difficulties over the last 18 months or so but had to be alert with a couple of saves here to preserve the clean sheet.There remains a vulnerability in the heart of the United defence when confronted with long, direct balls. James Maddison benefitted from Maguire and Victor Lindelof both missing one early on and De Gea saved well with the underside of his body.It wasn’t a day when the Spaniard was snowed under and that had a lot to do with how Maguire marshalled the defence. He was ably supported by the other new arrival Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who recovered from the knock which cost him his England debut to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a boost in the starting line-up here.The ball appears to have a magnetic attraction to Wan-Bissaka; his ability to intercept and tackle is superlative. He is rarely beaten one on one. Even when Maddison and Chilwell teamed up to go around him, Leicester rarely penetrated.It was an off-day for them, no doubt. Brendan Rodgers’ team were third and unbeaten coming here, against a depleted United, and will view this as a missed opportunity to gain momentum in their season.It could have even been 2-0 had Rashford’s late free kick found the corner instead of the frame of the goal.United dug deep and held on, seeing off the pressure Leicester brought late in the day. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea have not made a great start to the season, admits N’Golo Kante, with the Blues “not where we want to be” after taking only eight points from a possible 18.There have been signs of encouragement from the Blues in the 2019-20 campaign.A humbling 4-0 defeat away at Manchester United on the opening weekend offered an early wake-up call, but Frank Lampard’s side have not been too far off the pace since then. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career They are, however, struggling to turn potential into something more tangible.Lampard saw his side trouble Liverpool for long periods on Sunday, but the Stamford Bridge faithful were left to reflect on a 2-1 defeat.Chelsea find themselves sat 11th in the table as they continue to seek a spark, with Kante conceding that they had been hoping for much more.The France international midfielder said on the club’s official website: “It is not a great start, we have work to do.“We are not where we want to be but we can fight and change this in the next games.”Kante starred for Chelsea against Liverpool, with an all-action display capped by a well-taken goal.His efforts were not enough to claim a positive result, but the 28-year-old World Cup winner was happy to be involved after shaking off a niggling knock.He added: “It was good to come back.“I was happy to come back in front of our fans and for this big game. I am disappointed by the result but I am happy to be back to help the team to try to win.“We tried our best during the game and we are disappointed by the result. With the two set-pieces they scored they put us in difficulty but had some good chances.“As soon as they scored to make it 2-0, we went in the changing room believing all together that we can do it and as soon as I scored, we had the chance to come back into the game but we were not able to get the result we wanted.”First-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino downed the Blues, with Liverpool once again proving destructive from dead-ball situations.Kante said: “The first one was a beautiful goal but the second one we maybe could do better but at the end, we played well, we tried to come back but the set-pieces meant Liverpool won.“We played very well in the second half. We were able to score one but not to equalise, but there were some good points in the performance and we need to take those points on to have a good result in the next game. If we keep working this way we can get a win in our next game.”Chelsea have a Carabao Cup third-round clash with Grimsby to take in on Wednesday before then playing host to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz insists he will have the final say on his next career move after being linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona.The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2018-19, scoring 17 Bundesliga goals as he helped Leverkusen qualify for the Champions League.Havertz scored his first international goal for Germany in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Argentina and reports in Spain suggest La Liga heavyweights Madrid and Barcelona are interested in the player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career While open to advice on his future, including from national boss Joachim Low, Havertz – who is under contract at BayArena until 2022 – will make a choice that is right for him.Speaking at a Germany news conference on Friday, he said: “I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision. “I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot experience – it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him.”Although Low says he will talk to Havertz about his future, he says it is not the right time to think about a move.“I’ll talk to him on occasion, but not now and not this year,” he told Sport1. “He’s supposed to be playing in Leverkusen, where he plays regularly, that’s the biggest advantage for a young player like that.”He made a clear decision for himself and with those around him to stay in Leverkusen. I don’t know what will happen next year, but he certainly has many opportunities.”I already trust him to have a very good career, absolutely. But he has already started.” Low was full of praise for the midfielder in an interview with Bild, highlighting his goal against Argentina as an example of the quality he adds to the national team.“Kai is always relatively close to our starting XI,” he said. Kai can stand in the starting XI in almost any game, he has this quality.“His goal, for example, was a typical Kai Havertz goal — orchestrated from deep in the midfield on a technically high level. That was great.”Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller confirmed in August that Bayern Munich have previously showed an interest in Havertz, who is in line to feature for his country in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday.
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele says he knows he has to keep moving forward as a player, or he risks being forgotten.The 22-year-old France international, formerly of Lyon, signed in a club-record €60 million (£54m/$68m) deal over the summer and is looking to the examples set by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he drives his pursuit of glory.Despite his relative youth, Ndombele has been watching a player six years his junior light up his old stomping ground of Ligue 1 this season – a frightening reminder of football’s relentless evolution. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “I’m staying focused, I’m trying to move forward, but always knowing that things can go backwards quickly,” he told Canal Football Club.“Maybe in five years we will not talk about me anymore. In football there are always little gems that appear every year.“I still watch Ligue 1; at Rennes there is the youngster [Eduardo] Camavinga who is 16 years old. That’s why I say that we must always stay focused.”Ndombele is still settling into life in the Premier League. He has only missed two games so far due to a slight hamstring injury, but has now made eight total appearances in the league and Champions League as Mauricio Pochettino’s side have struggled to get their season off the ground.He watched from the bench as France edged out Iceland 1-0 in Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday, and will be hoping to play some part against Turkey on Monday evening.The two sides are tied on 18 points at the top of Group H, six points ahead of Iceland with two more games to come.On a day-to-day basis, though, Ndombele is concentrating on his own self-improvement, and he knows a record transfer fee isn’t enough to consider himself a success.“You never know in football, it’s about humility,” he said.“You see big players like Messi or Ronaldo, they have five Ballons d’Or and they still want more. I just signed for Tottenham, I don’t have the right to be satisfied, I still want more.“I was told that I was a little too nonchalant. I’m trying to improve it. Whether it’s in a match, in training, even in the way I walk, I am trying to improve myself.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.