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“Bottled it’ – Chelsea fans feeling nervous after Liverpool beat Manchester United

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Liverpool are four points behind Chelsea in the Premier League with a game in hand after their victory at Old Trafford. 

Chelsea fans are starting to feel nervous after Liverpool beat Manchester United on Thursday night.

The Reds secured a 4-2 victory over their arch rivals at Old Trafford, to make the race for a top four finish in the Premier League still in their hands.

Diogo Jota opened the scoring before Roberto Firmino bagged a brace either side of half time. Mohamed Salah secured the victory with a goal in the closing moments, with those three points moving Liverpool up to fifth place.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are now four points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, and six adrift of Leicester City with those two clubs playing each other in the league next week.

Neither Chelsea or Leicester can get maximum points from their remaining games, leaving the door open for Liverpool to take advantage should they win their final three fixtures.

After Liverpool’s win at Old Trafford, Chelsea fans took to social media to express their thoughts and emotions on whether they will secure a top four finish ahead of Liverpool.

Here is a selection of what they had to say:

Samyak Jain: “Good while it lasted. Sad that Tuchel will probably be sacked now.”

Shed End Chat: “I think it’s genuinely gone. Liverpool are riding the wave now with three of the best fixtures they could ask for. We have to beat Leicester who are above us and Villa with Grealish back. Last night was awful.”

Nathan Harmer: “No, including the champions league final we have to win five games in a row. In reality it’s not going to happen. It could be Thursday night football for us.”

CFC_LK: “We’ve bottled it yesterday, the only way we’re getting UCL next season now is by winning the UCL.”

Ryan Wells: “It’s still in our hands. If we beat Leicester on Tuesday we are just about there. Draw and it’s in the balance, lose and I think we can rest players versus Villa.”

Nathan Groce: “Nope. We don’t play well when expected to win. Look at Southampton, West Brom, Wolves and Arsenal this season. We have four points from eight games against these teams. Only when we are underdogs we show up. We are going to have to win the CL final to play CL next season.”

MBA11: “Nope. Two wins needed in two games against teams that we haven’t won against this season. Squeezed between fa cup and ucl final. Villa with fans.”

CFCArjun: “Not really! Top four should have been done and dusted by now. What if we draw against Leicester next week. The only good thing we have it’s in our hands still. But surely you don’t want to go into the last time needing a win to qualify for top four.”

(Liverpool Echo)

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AFCON : I’ll Give You 50 Million Naira If You Win – Air Peace Chairman Promises Super Eagles

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…Gifts 10 million naira for goal scored in opening match against Egypt

 

Air Peace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Allen Onyema, in his characteristic culture of philanthropy and nationalism, has promised to give the Nigerian Super Eagles a whooping sum of fifty million naira, if they win the ongoing African Cup of Nations, which kicked off on January 9, 2022.

Onyema, who made the pledge in Garoua, Cameroon, while speaking to the Super Eagles during half time in their opening game against the Egyptians, stressed that the players carry the hopes and aspirations of over 200 million people and 350 ethnicities on their young shoulders, urging them to give their best and win the trophy. He also promised to give 10 million naira for every goal scored in the Eagles’ opening match against Egypt.

His words: “We believe in what you can do, you have the strength as a team. Remember what I told you during the qualifying series. That it is not just an ordinary football match. You are carrying the hopes and aspirations of over 350 ethnic nationalities of our beautiful country. You’re playing for the unity of Nigeria. This is your time to play your part in cementing the unity of this nation, as Nigerians from North, South, East and West will celebrate in unison. Do us proud and when you come back with the cup, I’m going to give you 50 million naira”.

The aviator par excellence used the medium, again, to harp on the uniting powers of football as whenever the Eagles are playing, Nigerians jettison their ethnic and religious sentiments and forge a united font in support of the team.

It can be recalled that during the qualifying stages, the Air Peace helmsman delivered a similar unity-themed and motivational speech to the Super Eagles on board one of the airline’s brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft, and gave them a cheque of 20 million naira. The Falcons of the 1999 squad were also beneficiaries of 10 million naira from the aviation cognoscente during the 3rd NFF-Aiteo Football Awards last year in Lagos.

Air Peace, a leading Nigerian airline, is the official airline sponsor of the Nigerian National Teams.

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Jose Peseiro is New Super Eagles Coach

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* But Eguavoen Leads Team to AFCON

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the appointment of Portuguese tactician Jose Peseiro as new head coach of the Super Eagles.

The NFF made the announcement in a communique issued at the end of its executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

“After careful consideration of a memo presented by Chairman of the Technical and Development Sub-Committee Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, the Executive Committee endorsed a proposal for the appointment of Mr Jose Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles,”reads the statement.

”However, the Committee resolved that Mr Augustine Eguavoen, named the interim Head Coach, will lead the Super Eagles to the AFCON 2021 in Cameroon with Mr Peseiro only playing the role of Observer.

Austin Eguavoen
Leads Super Eagles to Cameroon

“It was unanimously agreed that the AFCON is a good avenue for Mr Peseiro to launch a working relationship with Mr Eguavoen, who will revert to his role as Technical Director (hence Mr Peseiro’s immediate boss) after the AFCON.

It is the third time the 61-year-old will be managing a national team after stints with Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Peseiro has also coached several clubs in his country, including Sporting CP – which he took to the 2005 UEFA Cup Final– and Porto

The former striker won the Egyptian Premier League title with Al Ahly in the 2015/16 season

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Aftermath EPL Massacre: Pogba Must Not Play For ManU Again, says Scholes

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Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has identified Paul Pogba as the player that should never play for the club again following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Man United were 4-0 down by half-time and booed off the pitch by supporters.

Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick shortly after the first half, while Pogba, who was brought on as a half-time substitute, was sent off in the 60th minute for his reckless challenge on Naby Keita.

But Scholes believes the France international has caused the club problems in the last couple of years, adding he will not be missed at the Red Devils if he leaves in the January transfer window

“To say a disappointing day would be a complete understatement,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

“I think we all realise it’s been difficult, I just think the manager got caught up in the emotion of the comeback [against Atalanta] on Wednesday night.

Scholes

“We keep going back to that game, but you were never going to do that against Liverpool, they have too much quality.

“I don’t think it was a lack of effort, I think tactically, they were set up in a way where this could happen and unfortunately, it did happen.

“Paul Pogba coming on to the pitch at halftime to try to help the team and maybe get a little bit of respectability about it, tries to stand on the ball, tries to show how strong he is in the middle of the pitch… gives the goal away.

“Then, later on, gets sent off with a ridiculous tackle, now you’re 5-0 down with 10 men.

“You’d have to think if Ole’s still a manager there, will we see Paul Pogba again in a United shirt? He’s caused mayhem over the last couple of years. Everybody knows what a talent he is, everybody trusts him, every manager trusts him, tries to give him his head, and let him be the player he’s been.

“But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom, and then he comes on and does something like that.

“It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong, but that’s part of it which almost summed the United performance up today.

“Look, he probably will play [again] won’t he? But I don’t think they will be missing anything if he doesn’t.

“He’s had numerous chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but that is just [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your teammates, what he’s done today.”

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