It very well looks like Olivier Ntcham could be lining up on the next free-kick for Celtic after the new signing struck an absolute belter of a goal during France U21’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria last night.
Ntcham showed he can stick free kicks in the top bin from 25/30 yards out as he doubled the lead during France’s 2019 Euro qualifying match at the in the MMArena in Le Mans.
Ntcham, who was a substitute on the night, wasn’t the only Celtic player on display with Moussa Dembele playing the first 60 minutes of the game.
Check out the fan footage of Ntcham’s stunning free kick below –
A huge sigh of relief from Spurs fans around the world as image of star striker Harry Kane training at Hotspur Way surfaced online.
Tottenham face La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid at home on Wednesday night in an all important Champions League clash and availability of one of the hottest forwards in the world currently would defintely serve as a boost for Pochettino’s men.
The Englishman suffered a hamstring injury during the 4-1 win against Liverpool and completely missed out on Spurs’ last two matches.
Check out the picture of Harry Kane leading the squad in training below –
Live Monday night football comes from Turf Moor this week as Newcastle United travel to face a tough Burnley side and everything seems to points towards a boring draw.
Newcastle United have taken 14 points from their opening nine games, which is the best start to a season by a newly promoted team since West Ham in 2012/13. However, the Geordies have only won one of their four away fixtures this season, having lost at Huddersfield Town and Brighton already.
It’s all official now after Bayern Munich released a statement regarding the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti. Assistant boss Willy Sagnol will take temporary charge.
Check out the full statement (translated) from Bayern Munich below –
As a result of an internal analysis after the 3-0 defeat in the Champions League group game at Paris Saint-Germain, the FC Bayern München cheerless Carlo Ancelotti (58).
“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them. The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. Hasan Salihamidžić and I told Carlo today in an open and serious discussion and gave him our decision, “said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern Munich’s CEO. “I would like to thank Carlo for the cooperation and regret the development she has taken. Carlo is my friend and will remain, but we had to make a professional decision in the sense of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and absolute performance, so we can reach our goals for this season. ”
Also the Italian coach of Carlo Ancelotti – Davide Ancelotti, Giovanni Mauri, Francesco Mauri and Mino Fulco – has freed FC Bayern Munich today. Willy Sagnol (40) takes over the management training until further assistant coach. Sagnol will sit on the bench as an interim trainer on Sunday at the match in Berlin.
Chelsea’s rise back to the top of English football this season has a lot to do not only with their new manager, but also to their summer signings of 2016. The likes of David Luiz and N’Golo Kante have received a ton of praise from fans and pundits alike. However, the same can’t be said about Marcos Alonso.
It took him a while to settle in, but the former Fiorentina man is now a regular in what is likely to be a title-winning Chelsea squad. Despite that, there remain a few who are sceptical about him; he is still criticised for a lack of pace or a supposed inability to defend by many, including Chelsea fans.
However, his importance to the style of football that the Blues employ was highlighted by a stat doing the rounds online.
Whenever the Spaniard has started this season in the league, Chelsea have scored 74 out of a potential 84 points, which serves to highlight just how underrated he really is.
See the amazing stat showcasing Alonso’s importance and how Chelsea could have accumulated 100 points this season below:
Chelsea have taken 74 out of a possible 84 PL points when Marcos Alonso has started. That’s 100 point-a-season form.
Newcastle confirmed their promotion back into the Premier League with what likely was one of the most thrilling Championship victories in history. However, that is now in the past and the club’s management will need to ensure the club can actually stay afloat in the Premier League for a long time.
Needless to say, the squad will require some overhaul. Whilst it was good enough to win the Championship, the Premier League is a whole different beast. To this end, the Spanish media have already begun linking players with a move to Tyneside, one of whom happens to be Leganes’ own Gabriel Pires.
The young attacking midfielder has been a part of the club for two seasons now. Aside from his versatility, the Brazilian is capable of producing moments of sheer class. This was all the more evident during this weekend’s game against Real Betis, where Gabriel channelled his inner David Beckham to lob the Betis goalkeeper from the halfway line.
Check out the rumored Newcastle target’s amazing goal here:
The fact that Liverpool are likelier to make the top 4 ahead of club’s like Manchester United and Arsenal is down in no small part to the fact that they are able to see off top sides. In fact, they even lead the charts for most goals scored against sides in the top 6 this season, showing how adept they are at taking on the big boys.
However, Reds fans have also been frustrated with how their side consistently fails to break down the smaller sides, teams that come to defend and maybe scrap a point.
Whilst Klopp’s footballing philosophy lends itself better to big-match situations, it is imperative he come up with solutions to break down teams parking the bus.
According to training footage released by the club itself, the team has been working on patterns of play to break down rigid defences. The Reds can be seen hard at work to find a way to break down low-block defending sides.
When recently Tottenham lost 1-0 to local rivals West Ham, it essentially all but ended any title hopes they may have had. An anti-climatic end to a title run that at one point actually looked like it might end in their favour. Of course, it also resulted in a lot of overreactions coming in from certain rival fans.
Amusingly, Spurs got labelled “bottlers” by many rival fans, mainly because they absolutely blew their chance at the title at such a crucial phase of the season. To an extent, there is some level of truth to the fact that they could have at least dragged out the race a little longer, thus making Chelsea really earn their title win.
However, as explained by famous YouTuber The True Geordie in a recent video, the North London side actually surpassed all expectations this season. The title was never in their hands and they’re set to finish ahead of clubs with more resources.
Absolutely spot on from the Geordie, check out the rant below:
Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to West Ham has essentially brought a sudden screech to any talk about a Spurs title win still being in the works. As of now, all Chelsea need to do is win their next two games and they will be champions before Spurs even play their next league game against Manchester United.
It’s an anti-climatic end to what was the only challenge to Chelsea’s league win this season. The story of Spurs was a perfect underdog story this year, as they defied all odds to actually finish above sides like Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs. No matter how unlikely, it won’t be easy for fans to forget about what could have been.
However, one person who seems to be doing just fine in putting all this behind him is Dele Alli. The star midfielder, who won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the second time on the trot this season, was spotted getting cosy with girlfriend Ruby Mae during a vacation in Ibiza, Spain.
Check out Alli and his lady love enjoy their vacation below: