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Fantasy Football Fairy Outlines The Key Picks For Gameweek 9

The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for Gameweek 9. The international break is finally behind us and therefore we can now focus our attention back on Premier League action from Saturday afternoon. The first fixture of Gameweek 9 sees Jose Mourinho make a return to Stamford Bridge to take on joint league leaders Chelsea in Saturday’s …

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Manchester United Fined, Jose Mourinho Warned By UEFA

Manchester United have been fined a total of 15,000 euros (£13,200) by UEFA for the late kick-off to their Champions League match against Valencia earlier this month caused by the hosts being caught in traffic. UEFA’s disciplinary arm fined United 5,000 euros for the late arrival of the team bus, and a further 10,000 euros for the late kick-off, while …

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Jurgen Klopp Criticises Nations League For Crowding Calendar

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once more criticised the Nations League, comparing the tournament to watching opera every night or having world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua box week in week out. Klopp believes there is no place in football’s already congested calendar for a major new competition, with the German arguing that the increased number of fixtures risked devaluing the …

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De Bruyne Poised To Make Early Man City Return

Kevin de Bruyne is in contention to make his return from injury when Manchester City host Burnley on Saturday, City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed. The Belgian has made just one substitute appearance this season after suffering a knee injury in training on August 15. City initially feared that De Bruyne would be out of action until late November, but …

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Mourinho Promises Best Behaviour For Chelsea Return

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho insists he will be on his best behaviour on his return to Stamford Bridge, but hopes his Manchester United side inflict Chelsea’s first defeat of the season on Saturday. The Portuguese won three Premier League titles in two successful spells in charge of Chelsea, but has lost all three of his previous visits to Stamford Bridge as United …

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Benzema Hits Out At Attempted Kidnapping Claims

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has brushed off reports he was involved in the attempted kidnapping of an acquaintance who owes him €50,000. “This must stop,” Benzema said on his Twitter page Friday following a report by the Mediapart website implicating the exiled France international in the attempted kidnap. Mediapart’s report, published late on Thursday, claimed Benzema was personally involved …

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Hazard Attempts To Ward Off Talk Of Madrid Move

Eden Hazard insists he will be happy to end his career at Chelsea should his dream move to Real Madrid not materialise. Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea’s unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri, scoring eight goals in all competitions, as the Blues sit joint top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City and Liverpool. However, with his current contract expiring …

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Injuries Put Pressure On Liverpool’s Second String To Step Up

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is entitled to feel frustrated as his fears over the international break were realised with a lengthening injury list that will do little to help his side arrest a recent dip in form. Without a win in four games, the Reds travel to face Huddersfield on Saturday anxious to rediscover the fluent football that delivered seven …

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World-Cup Winning Coach On Sports Performance, Fitness & Mentality

Performance coach Darcy Norman gave Pundit Arena a fascinating insight into his experiences with football teams such as Bayern Munich, AS Roma and the German national team.  Norman highlighted the importance of mental strength in the optimization of sports performance. “I think everything we do involves mental strength. One player that I recently worked with, Kevin Strootman, went through a difficult …

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Player Party Behind Slovakia Coach’s Resignation

Outgoing Slovakia coach Jan Kozak said Thursday he had resigned after finding seven players returning late from a party following a 2-1 loss to arch-rivals Czech Republic last weekend. “It hurt terribly, as if someone spat all over me. Like a slap in the face,” Kozak, a 64-year-old former midfielder, told reporters. “I’m terribly disappointed,” he added, naming Newcastle goalkeeper …

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