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Result: League Cup joy again for Manchester City

Manchester City Women won the Continental Cup for a third time as they beat Arsenal Women 4-2 on penalties at Bramall Lane following a 0-0 draw. Karen Bardsley saved Danielle van de Donk’s spot-kick before successful efforts from City captain Steph Houghton and substitute Janine Beckie as Nick Cushing’s side gained revenge for their 1-0 loss to the Gunners in last season’s final at Adams Park. City – currently two points clear of second-placed Arsenal in the Women’s Super League, having played two games more – had hit the bar twice before the match went into extra-time, through Nikita Parris and Beckie. Joe Montemurro’s injury-hit Arsenal, five-times winners of this competition, had only five players on the bench for the contest, and most notable among them was top-scorer Vivianne Miedema,...

Alex Iwobi praises Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil after Europa League return

Alex Iwobi heaps praise on Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil after the German made a successful return to the starting lineup in the Europa League win over BATE Borisov. Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has said that he hopes that Mesut Ozil can remain in Unai Emery‘s starting lineup. Ozil has spent a period out of the team due to injury, illness and falling out of favour with Emery, but the German made a positive impact in the 3-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday night. The playmaker may find himself among the replacements at the weekend, but Iwobi has acknowledged that he enjoys having the 30-year-old in the team. Iwobi is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “We know what Mesut is like because we see him in training every day. He’s world class....

Chelsea draw Dynamo Kiev and Arsenal meet Rennes in Europa League last 16

Chelsea will face a trip to Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine in the last 16 of the Europa League, where Arsenal take on Rennes, with the first leg of that tie having been switched to France. Friday’s draw in Nyon was not protected by any seeding but teams from Russia and Ukraine were kept apart. Dynamo Kiev were first out against Chelsea. The first legs of the last-16 ties are set for March 7, when both Premier League were selected to be at home. We will play our away leg first due to @UEFA‘s city-clash rule pic.twitter.com/n5lj9qCh2w — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 22, 2019 However, Arsenal later confirmed their fixture against Rennes had been reversed under UEFA regulations to avoid a clash of two games taking place in one city with the same kick-off time. The Gunners, therefore, will now h...

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale ‘has no interest in Premier League return’

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale reportedly has no interest in returning to the Premier League during the summer transfer window. Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly been dealt a blow regarding the potential signing of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. The Wales international has found himself in and out of the starting lineup at Real for a number of seasons, and it has recently been suggested that the Spanish giants are prepared to sell the former Tottenham Hotspur man. However, according to AS, the 29-year-old has little interest in leaving Real for a return to the Premier League in the summer window. The report claims that Bale is settled at the Bernabeu and with life in Spain, and that there is currently no desire to look for a new challenge despite an indifferent campaign at t...

Pique urges Barcelona to up their game for Champions League clash with Lyon

Gerard Pique fears Barcelona risk defeat in the Champions League at Lyon on Tuesday if they do not improve on the performance produced in their 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid. By their standards, Barca laboured to a win secured by Lionel Messi’s 43rd-minute penalty, and while they sit seven points clear at the top of La Liga, their influential defender believes they need to significantly improve. “We didn’t play well, it wasn’t a good game,” he told Movistar Partidazo. “The only good news is the victory, to get back to winning three points but we have to improve. For Tuesday, we have to be better. “If not, it will go poorly. You have to find fluidity and play, that is what has brought us titles. If we don’t speed up the ball, we have posses...

Allegri happy with Juventus form ahead of Champions League return

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes his side are in fine fettle heading into a crucial stage of the season. The Bianconeri cruised to a 3-0 home win against Frosinone on Friday night courtesy of goals from Paulo Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo. Juve extended their unbeaten Serie A run this season to 24 matches and hold a 14-point lead over nearest challengers Napoli, who play Torino on Sunday. Their latest win was also the ideal warm-up for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid in Spain next Wednesday. “Yes, we are in a good condition,” Allegri told a post-match press conference. “Apart from the setback against Parma we are doing well, and we are at a particularly important moment. The team’s effort has been good and it has b...

Result: Ten-man Arsenal slump to defeat against BATE in Europa League

BATE Borisov register one of the biggest results in their history as they defeat 10-man Arsenal by a 1-0 scoreline in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie. BATE Borisov have recorded a 1-0 victory over 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday night. Stanislaw Dragun‘s header shortly before the half-time whistle proved to be the difference as Arsenal toiled on a poor pitch and in freezing temperatures in Belarus. The North London outfit also had Alexandre Lacazette dismissed for an elbow during the closing stages, and Unai Emery‘s side must come from behind in next week’s second leg in order to progress through to the last 16. Arsenal wasted little time in going onto the front foot and Henrikh Mkhitaryan should have put the...

Result: Chelsea edge out Malmo to earn first-leg lead in Europa League tie

Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud give Chelsea a 2-1 win over Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday night. Chelsea have recorded a 2-1 victory over a valiant Malmo in Thursday’s Europa League last-32 fixture in Sweden. Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud gave the Blues a two-goal advantage, but a late strike from Anders Christiansen has given Malmo hope ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge. Malmo went straight on the offensive from the opening whistle and although nothing came from two corners, it told Chelsea that they would be tested by a side who suffered just one defeat during the group stages. However, that is arguably what an out-of-form Chelsea required and the Blues controlled the opening half-hour of the contest without c...

Emery will not look to make weather an excuse in Europa League

Unai Emery insists his Arsenal side can make no excuses when their Europa League quest gets back under way in a freezing Belarus. The Gunners face BATE Borisov in the first leg of their round-of-32 clash – with temperatures set to drop below zero as the game kicks off at 20:55 local time. Arsenal have experienced similar conditions in the Europa League this season, with the mercury reaching minus 10 during their 3-0 win over Vorskla Poltava in Kiev back in November. Unai Emery thinks Arsenal are outsiders for the Premier League’s top four (Mike Egerton/PA) Emery – who won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla – feels that experience will stand his players in good stead heading into the meeting at the Borisov Arena. “Yes, we are,” he replied when asked if Arsenal were ready for...

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s fate rests on Europa League success?

Chelsea may reportedly have to deliver success in the Europa League in order to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has reportedly been tasked with winning the Europa League in order to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. Sarri has started to come under fierce pressure after the club’s recent poor form in the Premier League, and it has left the Blues in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League. Chelsea only sit one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United in the top-flight standings, but United are currently one of the form teams in the division. The West Londoners can also qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League in May and according to The Telegraph, Sarri may have to be successful in Europe in order to remain i...

Alexander Hleb and 13 successive league titles – BATE Borisov in focus

Arsenal return to Europa League action as the first leg of their round of 32 clash with BATE Borisov takes place in Belarus on Thursday night. With Gunners boss Unai Emery recently conceding his side are underdogs for a top-four Premier League finish, winning the Europa League could present Arsenal with their best chance of securing a return to the Champions League. Here, Press Association Sport looks at BATE and the challenge they pose to Arsenal’s continental progression. Form We are the Champions-2016!!! pic.twitter.com/X9FiR2fvzi — FCBATEinEnglish (@FCBATEinEnglish) October 14, 2016 BATE have been dominant in the Belarusian Premier League in recent times, lifting the title in all of the last 13 seasons. Their domestic campaign ended in December when they secured the crown once more as ...

Herrera insists United can still progress in the Champions League

Ander Herrera has not given up on Champions League progress and is confident that Manchester United’s loss to Paris St Germain will not “hurt” or throw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side off kilter. After winning 10 out of his first 11 matches in all competitions, the caretaker manager tasted defeat for the first time in the first leg of United’s eagerly-anticipated Champions League round of 16 tie against the French champions. Angel Di Maria proved the scourge of his former club as he provided assists for Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe in a 2-0 loss to PSG that could have been worse had David De Gea not been alert when his team-mates lost their discipline after going behind. Paul Pogba was sent off late on at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA) Paul Pogba’s sending off compounded a bad night fo...

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