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‘Matchday’ clip shows two Barcelona stars admitting they always pick Liverpool on FIFA

To say that Liverpool have been in fine form this season would be a massive understatement with Klopp’s men still unbeaten almost half way into the campaign with an astounding 13 wins in 14 Premier League matches.

While catching a glimpse of Liverpool’s bright red colors might bring back some unhappy memories for most Barcelona fans after the events of last year’s UCL semi-finals it seems two of their players have been taking advantage of the Reds’ prowess all this while.

Liverpool fans seem to have stumbled upon the fact when they spotted an interesting conversation between Ousmane Dembele and Carles Alena in an episode of Barca’s new documentary ‘Matchday’.

The episode which was presumably shot before last year’s semi-final clash between the teams shows the duo admitting to always using the Reds whenever they play the popular football sim FIFA while the rest of their teammates were watching Liverpool’s quarter final clash with Porto.

Most fans would also agree with Dembele’s acknowledgement of Roberto Firmino’s qualities in the game with the Brazilian playing a huge part in the Reds’ sucess in the real world as well.

The information that the star duo would pick Liverpool ahead of Barca, albeit for a video game, seems to have delighted the Reds supporters with one fan quickly posting a clip featuring the conversation on Twitter.

Most FIFA players would agree! Check out a clip of the conversation here:

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Ecstatic Luka Modric seen rushing to the sidelines and hug Marcelo after splendid goal

Real Madrid showed signs of confidence that had become synonymous with Zidane’s first tenure as the Vikings managed to trump high-flying Real Sociedad 3-1 in a clinical home display on Sunday.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the performance was Luka Modric’s return to form as the Croatian midfielder played a role in all the three goals Real Madrid scored at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Modric set up the first two on either side of the break, before scoring a world class volley himself.

Yet, it was Modric’s celebration that arguably managed to garner the most attention.

The 34-year-old was seen heading over to the sidelines with a big smile and shared a warm embrace with Marcelo, who had been left on the bench for the game.

Zidane seems to have breathed new life into the Los Blancos, with the chemistry among his old guard evident to all.

The two players have often proved to be instrumental on the pitch and would need to be at their best with important fixtures coming up against PSG and Barcelona.

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Little Barcelona fan with Arturo Vidal mohawk and goatee steals limelight during Leganes win

Kid sporting mohawk in an attempt to look like Arturo Vidal steals the spotlight in away fixture against Leganes

Barcelona recorded their third win on the trot after they came from behind to beat 20th placed Leganes 2-1 away from home.

Even though they are level on points with Real Madrid, the win saw Barca retain their position at the top of the table owing to a better goal difference.

Apart from the clinical second half display by the Blaugrana, it was a certain young fan of theirs that caught the attention of the crowd and the media.

Having his hair cut out in a handsome mohawk that resembled the Chilean superstar, the eager fan even had a painted beard on his face that likened him to the midfielder.

A poster further helped highlight the similarities in the appearances of the two, having a picture of his and Vidal placed side by side.

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Vidal didn’t disappoint his little fan as he came on from the bench late in the game to score the winning goal and handed Barcelona a crucial victory in their charge for the third successive La Liga title.

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This ‘lightning’ concept kit doing the rounds among Arsenal fans is an absolute belter

Not long after we reported a leak of Arsenal merchandise for 2020/21 season, an Arsenal kit is in the limelight again.

A graphic designer recently tweeted a concept kit he had formulated for Arsenal. Having labelled it ‘lightning’, the jersey from the very offset looks next generation.

Consisting primarily of red and black, the club, sponsor as well Adidas’ logo have been given a glowing feature which makes it stand out from the background.

It contains three red stripes on the shoulders as is customary with most Adidas kits, along with two thunderbolts running diagonally along the torso.

An instant hit among the, some fans expressed their eagerness to buy the t-shirt in the comments, while others suggested an official collaboration with the club.

With the club winless in its last five matches and already 17 points behind the league leaders, there is growing dissent among the fans. If things continue as they are, they will have no option but to satisfy themselves with such aesthetics.

Check out the sublime work from @FFX below –

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Mourinho hype manages to draw more press coverage for Tottenham than the Champions League final

After a stint away from the sidelines, Jose Mourinho was appointed Spurs’ new boss. The excitement surrounding the Special One’s arrival was imminent and North London managed to get a good taste of it.

As the Portuguese veteran conducted his first press conference wearing the Spurs jacket, journalists from multiple organizations huddled in the press room.

They were reportedly more in number than those that had attended the press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League final last season.

Over the years, Mourinho has not only developed a reputation for his tactics but also for his remarks to the media. Be it witty or controversial, his name is almost always found making the headlines.

This time too he did not disappoint, entertaining everyone with his off-the-cuff comebacks. He tactfully handled questions about his former clubs while also paying a tribute to Pochettino. It remains to be seen whether he can bring the same entertainment to the field.

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Photo – A whole range of Arsenal clothing products for next season has leaked online

It has become a common occurrence for football kits to surface online before they are officially released by the clubs.

While it is not surprising that some of them do turn out to be fake, the rumours also turn out to be true a large number of times.

This time around, a plethora of Arsenal merchandise has been leaked online. They range from joggers to jerseys, sweatshirts, keeping gloves, jackets and much more.

The home renditions dominantly carry the traditional Arsenal colours of red and white, while the away versions are mostly made up of bright yellow. Other colours include shades of blue and green.

Only time will tell whether the released images are authentic or they are just rumours.

Check out the leaked images of the products Adidas might bring out for the fans next season –

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Mourinho singles out Japhet Tanganga with a Cristiano Ronaldo remark on his first day as Tottenham manager

Having taken over as Tottenham’s gaffer following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho seemed determined to get things going the right away.

The Special One has often been picked upon by the media and fans for not promoting enough youth from the academy to his starting XI, but this time around he seems to already be on the path of silencing his critics.

In his very first training session at the club, he was spotted making a coach take note of Japhet Tanganga’s potential.

The 20-year-old central defender first caught attention when he started alongside Toby Alderweireld against Juventus in a pre-season friendly, managing to keep footballing royalty Cristiano Ronaldo relatively quiet. However, he has since struggled to make his way into the first team setup.

The England U-20 international is yet to feature in the league for Spurs and it would be interesting to see what role the Portuguese mastermind assigns him through the course of the season.

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Vinicius was the first to congratulate Rodrygo on his hat-trick in the dressing room after Real Madrid beat Galatasaray

The inborn flair that comes naturally with Brazilians has often seen clubs in the past pay surprisingly large amounts of fee for teenagers who are yet to prove themselves on the big stage and Real Madrid’s case is no different.

Having signed 17-year-old Rodrygo for 45 million Euros making him the third most expensive teenager at the time, the expectations from him were surreal when he arrived at the beginning of the season in Madrid after having spent an additional year with Santos on loan.

However, the Samba boy soon impressed the Santiago Bernabeu faithful in pre-season. It didn’t take him long to win the trust of their talismanic manager Zinedine Zidane and was handed a La Liga debut in the last week of September against Osasuna.

He soon made his first European appearance against Galatasaray away from home in October and just 8 days later, scored his first goal for the Los Blancos in the league.

However, it was his performance midweek that grabbed the most headlines.

With Gareth Bale not in the squad, he was given another chance to start the match and came out with flying colours.

Two goals in the opening ten minutes were followed by an assist in the dying moments of the first half, before he capped off his hat-trick in injury time.

Not only did he become the second youngest after Raul to have scored a Champions League triplet, he was named the competition’s player of the week and announced himself to the world in remarkable fashion.

His teammates were evidently ecstatic for the prodigy amidst them, but none so much as compatriot and fellow teenager Vinicius Junior.

The two have had similar stories uptil joining the Vikings and the 19-year-old was the first to congratulate his Seleção youth teammate.

As the man of the moment entered the dressing room with the customary match ball, the two shared a fancy handshake before hugging each other, with Vinicius’ grin on full display.

While the Brazilian duo has constantly been pitted against each other by the Spanish media, Los Blancos fans would be hoping to see the partnership between the pair thriving both on and off the pitch for years to come.

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This Chelsea duo had two-thirds of the possession entire Watford team managed on Saturday

Chelsea got back to winning ways during the weekend after the players put in an absolute shift to come back with three crucial points from Vicarage Road.

While the score suggests they only managed to eke out a narrow 2-1 win, it doesn’t tell the full story.

Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic struck at Vicarage Road

The Blues were in charge for the majority of the game, buoyed by the efforts of their dynamic duo in the middle of the field, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

The two players ended up with a combined 265 passes at 95% accuracy, with an accumulated possession of 22.2% between them.

For context, the entire Watford team could only conjure up 33.3% possession throughout the 90 minutes, meaning the pair had as much as two-thirds of the possession as the Hornets managed.

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Kovacic, with 154 touches, the most by player on the field during the game, was seen frequently driving forward with purpose and adding to the attacking impulse of his time.

He managed to complete 11 of his 12 attempted long balls, while also managing to win as many as 7 duels which highlights his contribution both in attack and in defence. As long as he keeps up this rich vein of form, the Stamford Bridge faithful won’t be missing the injured Kante much.

As for Jorginho, the Italian midfield maestro completed 11 hard-fought recoveries and as many as 4 interceptions. The 27-year-old also threaded four neat through balls splitting Watford’s defence, the first of which was delightfully finished by Tammy Abraham to open Chelsea’s account. He also created two chances and apart from the yellow card late in the game had a near-perfect game.

Both Jorginho and Kovacic have flourished under Lampard this season

While Jorginho has already cemented his place as a favourite of both the fans and the manager, Real Madrid-reject Kovacic has also done well so far to win the trust of his manager.

Along with Kante, the three have been the fulcrum of the team’s success in the season uptil now and will be hopeful of kickstarting another winning streak after a 2-1 loss against Manchester United in the cup in their last outing.

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Arsenal fan goes viral for sticking with Ian Wright when asked a question about current players

A video of an Arsenal fan, claiming his passionate, frank and adamant appreciation for Ian Wright, is creating a lot of noise among Twitteratis.

The video got so popular that it even brought an equally funny tweet from Ian Wright himself.

The video starts with a reporter who is testing the Arsenal fan’s knowledge regarding the club.

She asks who among the current Arsenal players have made the most number of appearances for the club.

The fan readily and confidently uttered Ian Wright’s name whose last appearance for the Gunners was back in 1998.

Even when the reporter told him the right answer and mentioned the obvious fact that Wright cannot be considered as a current player, the fan ‘dismissed’ her point by saying, “but I love Ian Wright.”

The mention of Mesut Ozil, who has made the most club appearances among the current lot (233 appearances), certainly did not make him happier as he clearly voiced his contempt for the German maestro, ‘I don’t appreciate Ozil. I appreciate Ian Wright.”

The video ends with him standing firmly on his belief so much so that he even questioned the sanctity of statistics.

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Mateo Kovacic’s performance for Chelsea against Watford broke Squawka’s heatmap

Chelsea racked up a fifth successive Premier League victory with a 2-1 success at Watford, whose winless start to the season has entered club-record territory.

Frank Lampard’s men are enjoying an impressive campaign and earned the three points at Vicarage Road thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic.

Midfielder Mateo Kovacic reportedly broke football analysis website Squawka’s heatmap after he gave a masterful performance on Saturday.

The Croatia international put in a real shift alongside Jorginho at the heart of the Chelsea midfield and his performance received special praise from fans and pundits.

Squawka released an image of Kovacic’s heatmap during the Watford game with his stats but the image was black and white in color as opposed to the normal red and green heatmaps.

The graphic drew comments from Twitter users with one fan questioning why the heatmap was black and white and another user claiming that the image looked like a ‘psycho’s heatmap’.

The official Squawka account was quick to reply saying that Kovacic’s performance with 154 touches and 140 passes may have broken the heatmap which resulted in the odd color.

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Controversial decision to deny Real Madrid a penalty has VAR under fire yet again

Real Madrid had to satisfy themselves with a dry goalless draw at home against Real Betis on the weekend as their wobbly form witnessed so far in the season continues.

While the Los Blancos were the better side for major parts of the game, they were left lamenting a controversial VAR decision which might have robbed them of two crucial points. A win would have seen the Vikings catapult Barcelona to the top spot after the Blaugrana had lost 3-1 to Levante earlier in the evening.

The much talked about incident occurred in the 82nd minute amidst a late attacking surge by the Royal Whites.

Caught on the counter attack, the Betis defence saw Eden Hazard threading a neat through ball from near the half line to a rampant Karim Benzema. The in-form striker caught up with the ball on the left edge of the 12-yard box and fired in a low cross.

Betis defender Feddal slid in just ahead of him in an attempt to block the final ball, only to have the ball striking his arm as he fell. The ball thereon safely reached the goalkeeper’s glove, but had the intervention not taken place it looked certain to end up dangerously in the six yard box. Skipper Sergio Ramos was there waiting to pounce on the same and seal a first victory for the hosts in three years against the Verdiblancos at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The referee was quick to consult the Video Assistant Referee team who after an extended check, gave the decision in the visitors’ favour.

The judgement had the Bernabéu faithful roaring in disapproval, as the Betis defence held on tightly to secure a point away from home.

While the debate will continue for a while it seems, it won’t change the fact that Real Madrid could only conjure a point against a rigid defensive structure despite having a much superior game.

As things stand, they are tied at the top of the table with arch rivals Barcelona on points, with the Catalonians placed above them due to a better goal difference.

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All the positions from where Lionel Messi struck his 50 free-kicks and where they landed

Lionel Messi’s form from dead ball situations in the past few years has simply been on a different level than everybody else to play the sport, as he has been surpassing one milestone after the other.

Only recently, he scored his 50th direct free kick for club and country against Real Valladolid on Tuesday, a match which saw him come away with two goals and assists each to his name.

To celebrate the landmark and pay tribute to La Pulga, Spanish journalist David Saura Ramiro has posted a graphic on Twitter showing from where those attempts were hit and where they ended up in the net.

As many as 44 of those goals were scored by Messi while he donned the famous blue and claret jersey of the Blaugrana, the first of which came at their home ground against Atletico de Madrid in November, 2008. The remaining six were struck by him while representing his national team Argentina.

The graphic shows that the furthest from which he has managed to convert a free kick is 31 metres, which was incidentally also his first freekick goal for La Albicelestes. It further suggests that most of the successful attempts lodged themselves in the upper corners of the net almost touching the woodwork, albeit a few of them have gone in despite being placed centrally.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature indicated by the graph is the different distances and angles from which the shots have been hit. Be it the edge of the penalty box or from farther out, be it directly in front of the goal or diagonal to the wooden frame, the little maestro has managed to do it all.

Equally fascinating is the fact that he had only scored 19 until the start of 2015/16 season, since then he has added 31 more to his tally. With more than half of the present season to go, it’ll be interesting to see whether he is able to reach a half-century of goals for Barça by the end of 2019/20.

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Marcelo makes ’emoji-styled gesture’ after Dani Carvajal puts in a lovely cross against Leganes

Marcelo Vieira in his typically animated style indicated and appreciated the quality of a cross made by his teammate Dani Carvajal as Real Madrid thrashed Leganes 5-0 on Wednesday.

Los Blancos’ trusted right-back Carvajal curved an absolute beauty inside the Leganes box. The venomous cross was desperately searching for a header and Luka Jovic obliged to make the score 5-0.

With this goal, the Serbian forward finally ended his Real Madrid duck after 479 long minutes.

Marcelo, who himself is an excellent crosser, immediately realized the quality of the ball and conveyed his spontaneous appreciation (see below) in an emoji-styled gesture.

The 27-year old Spanish workhorse is having a good season as he has already amassed 4 assists in 7 league appearances.

Earlier in the game, Real Madrid did not find any difficulty in finding the back of the net as Rodrygo scored in the 7th minute.

Rodrygo celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s 1st goal

Toni Kroos doubled the lead in the next 60 seconds. Both the assists were provided by Karim Benzema.

Next two goals came from penalties as Sergio Ramos and Benzema did not miss the target respectively.

With this win, the Galacticos rose to the second position in the league table and are only one point behind Barcelona. They will play their next match in Santiago Bernabéu against Real Betis on Sunday.

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There’s a bit of Celtic about what Kieran Tierney did at full time after Liverpool beat Arsenal

Arsenal new signing Kieran Tierney showed some real class after their defeat was confirmed in the Carabao Cup fixture against reigning European champions Liverpool FC.

After a rollercoaster game that saw five goals scored by both the Gunners and the Scousers in regulation time, the result was to be decided by penalties.

Both teams started out strongly scoring first three of their respective strikes, until on loan midfielder Dani Ceballos missed his shot. The Merseyside team capitalized as it slotted in the next two of its shots neatly to win the shootout 5-4.

After having led for most of the game, the travelling Arsenal side was visibly distraught and seemed to head straight back to the tunnel after Curtis Jones’ telling strike.

However, recently acquired fullback Kieran Tierney took the forefront as he forbade the players from leaving the pitch, before gathering them all to walk towards the away fans section and express gratitude towards all those faithful supporters that had made the journey from London.

CELTIC ROOTS ON DISPLAY – Kieran Tierney calling on Arsenal players to thank away fans after shootout defeat to Liverpool

Considering it has been less than three months since Arsenal bought the Scottish international from Celtic, it was a pleasant sight for the fans to see the 22-year-old growing into the club.

Celtic are renowned for their welcoming fan culture and their fanbase has won multiple recognitions from FIFA and UEFA in the past and Tierney having spent 14 years with the Scottish champions, it was evident their culture has rubbed off on him.

Having provided a solution to their defensive problems as well as lack of spirit at times, Kieran Tierney has come to be loved by the Arsenal fans with some of them having already proclaimed him as a future captain of the London club –

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Poli Lasi takes mind games to next level by making ball boys wear Celtic tops for match against CFR Cluj

Romanian club FC Poli Lasi bizarrely took mind games to the next level as all the ball boys in the home stadium were made to wear to Celtic shirts (see tweet below) to remind their opponents on the evening CFR Cluj of their 2-0 defeat against Celtic in the Europa league three weeks ago.

Celtic dominated CFR Cluj when the clubs met on 3rd october with Mohamed Elyounoussi and Odsonne Edouard getting the goals and now Poli Lasi wanted to reopen old wounds with this latest stunt.

The mind games might have worked as Poli Lasi ran out 2-1 winners against CFR Cluj.

Cluj still sit on top of the league but other clubs may employ the same tactic to distract Cluj in order to win.

Some fans were quick to point out that there could be a possibility that the ball boys wearing Celtic shirts was just a coincidence and that Poli Lasi use the shirts in training which were then given to the ball boys.

Other fans saw the funny side and thought it was a brilliant idea to distract the opposition in order to win the game.

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Academy trio in awe of Rashford as incredible photo from Norwich City win arrives online

It was a happy outing for Manchester United at Carrow Road as they managed a straightforward 3-1 win over Norwich City on Sunday.

All of it could be summed up by one picture (see below) where the brightest lot of current Manchester United academy talents were found to be awestruck by the brilliance of their homegrown hero, Marcus Rashford.

The 21-year-old forward made the night memorable as he scored his 50th goal for The Red Devils in his 183rd club appearance.

Rashford had a golden opportunity to reach the milestone on the 29th minute when he got to take a spot kick but was denied by Tim Krul.

The redemption came only around a minute later when the England international controlled a long ball brilliantly with a magnetic touch and deposited it calmly with another stroke.

This moment of excellence brought the best reaction out of the substitutes as Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and James Garner applauded unequivocally from the sidelines.

Riding on their telling performances with the junior team, the young trio found their names on the team list and going by their gesture of admiration it is safe to say that they have already found their role model. It is important to mention here that Rashford himself has been a part of Manchester United’s youth academy since he was 7 years old.

Rashford finished the night with a beautiful assist to Anthony Martial.

Earlier, Scott McTominay opened the scoring for United. With this goal the iconic club became the first team to score 2000 goals in the Premier League. In the end, Onel Hernandez’ 88th minute goal only proved to be consolatory for Norwich.