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Conte in shock return to Juventus

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, is being linked with a sensational return to Juventus to replace under-fire boss, Max Allegri.

Allegri is under serious pressure in Turin, following a shock 1-0 defeat to bottom team Monza last weekend.

Juve have also lost both of their opening group fixtures in the Champions League.

They currently sit eighth in Serie A after two wins from their first seven matches.

This poor start to the campaign has led to speculation that the club might look to replace Allegri, who has been the subject of criticism from fans.

If Allegri were to lose his job, Conte is said to be “open” to a return to Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

Conte is yet to extend his contract with the Premier League side beyond next summer.

Things are looking good for Spurs this season, with the club unbeaten so far in the Premier League and only a point off leaders Arsenal.

Nonetheless, the 53-year-old has previously said he has “unfinished business” in Turin, and is believed to be Juventus director Pavel Nedved’s number one choice to replace Allegri.

Conte managed Juventus between 2011 and 2014 and lifted three Serie A titles before he dramatically fell out with club chief Andrea Agnelli after feeling he wasn’t backed in the transfer market.

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Troost-Ekong reveals Super Eagles mission against Algeria

Super Eagles assistant captain, William Troost-Ekong has stated that the team is battle ready for the friendlies against Algeria.

The three-time African champions will take on the Algeria B Team in their first friendly at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium, Constantine on Friday.

The second friendly against the Riyad Mahrez led Desert Foxes is billed for the Miloud Hadefi Stadium, Oran next week Tuesday.

The Super Eagles won their last two games against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe and Troost-Ekong hopes the team will maintain the winning momentum.

“We want to try and win all the games and improve in all areas, we are playing against Algeria, one of the top teams in Africa,” the Watford defender told NFF TV.

We have to show them respect, but at the same time, even though it’s a friendly game, we will try to win the game and prepare ourselves for the qualifiers that will be coming up next,” he added.

Head coach, Jose Peseiro has invited a number of new players for the friendlies following the absence of some of the regular stars.

Troost-Ekong believes it is an opportunity for the new players to prove their class at the international level.

It’s a great opportunity for the new players to show themselves and for all of us to blend together and understand what the coach expects from us,” he said.

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UEFA set to replace Super Cup with four-team tournament

UEFA is considering plans to replace the Super Cup with a four-team tournament, according to Diario AS.

The European football governing body is exploring ways to increase their revenue.

The tournament would consist of four teams in a similar format to that of the Spanish Supercup currently.

The invited clubs would be winners of the Champions League, Europa League, the Europa Conference League and MLS.

It would be a summer tournament and there is possibility that the matches will be taken out of Europe, as UEFA pursues fresh audiences.

Further discussions are expected to take place at the European Club Association’s General Assembly in Istanbul on Thursday and Friday.

The UEFA Super Cup is contested by the winners of the Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Cup, which was renamed the Europa League in 2009.

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Aubameyang should score 20 goals, Chelsea won’t be champions – Hasselbaink

Former Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to become the first striker at the club since Diego Costa to score more than 20 Premier League goals.

Costa scored 20 goals in 35 games as the Blues won the title in the 2016/2017.

Aubameyang will be hoping to break the hoodoo following his deadline-day move from Barcelona.

Hasselbaink, however, doubts the Gabonese’s goals will be enough to power Chelsea to the title.

He said: “Aubameyang can score 20 plus goals. Have they got a squad to go and become champions? Not yet.

“Have they got a squad to get in the top four and compete for an FA Cup, or get far in the Champions League? Yes.

Are they going to win the Champions League? They’re not favourites, I don’t think that they are. But a successful season would be finishing in the top four and winning a cup this year.

“I think he’s going to embrace it and I think Graham Potter will embrace him as well. I don’t see any problem really.

“He has only played two matches. He has not hit the back of the net yet but that will come. you don’t become a bad player overnight.”

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They’ve great manager – Rodri names club that’ll challenge Man City for title

Rodri, has identified Tottenham Hotspur as the team that can challenge Pep Guardiola’s side this season.

Rodri said that Tottenham have a great manager in Antonio Conte, adding that his managerial career speaks for him.

Man City and Tottenham currently have 17 points each after seven games, with one point behind leaders Arsenal.

“They have put together a great squad and they have a manager who has very clear ideas and who knows how to convey them perfectly,” Rodri told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“They know what they have to do and they do it with great precision.

I see Spurs as candidates for the title. Conte’s career speaks for itself.”

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Moffi to lead Super Eagles attack vs Algeria

Lorient of France striker, Terem Moffi is favoured to lead the Super Eagles attack in Friday’s friendly against Algeria.

According to camp sources, the 23-year-old is turning heads in the team’s training ahead of the friendlies.

Moffi has been in fantastic form in the French Ligue 1 this season, netting six times in eight appearances for Lorient.

The absence of Victor Osimhen and Umar Sadiq due to injuries has also provided him the chance to stake claim for a regular playing berth in the team.

The forward bagged a brace in the Super Eagles last game against Sao Tome and Principe which Jose Peseiro’s side won 10-0.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Cyriel Dessers and Godwin Saviour are the other strikers in the team.

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I don’t know what your problem is’ – Jack Grealish slams Liverpool legend

Manchester City midfielder, Jack Grealish has slammed Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness, for his constant criticism of him.

Since making his record-breaking £100m transfer from Aston Villa to Man City last year, Grealish has come under plenty of scrutiny from fans and pundits alike, with Souness, perhaps his most vocal critic.

Many have commented on Grealish’s lack of goal contributions at Man City, having scored just seven times and making just four assists in 45 games for the Premier League champion.

Souness has also described Grealish as a ‘good, not great player’ and has claimed that he holds onto the ball for too long.

But Grealish has now hit back at Souness, saying that the only person he will be taking advice from on how to play is his manager Pep Guardiola.

“I don’t know what his [Souness’] problem is with me. He always says stuff about me,” Grealish said while on international duty with England ahead of their UEFA Nations League fixtures with Italy and Germany.

“It is difficult [to ignore] when he’s on Sky Sports and it is everywhere around the training ground. He was a great player and won a lot, but I don’t know what problem he’s got.

I know he has said a lot of stuff about me not moving the ball quicker but when I am playing for a manager like Pep Guardiola and he is telling me to keep the ball as much as I can and have balls to take it everywhere, that is what I will try to do.

“I always watch my games back and I am very critical of myself. I know that there were games, especially in the second half of last season, where I was not at my best at all.

“I will always have people on my back. When I signed for City and the price that came with it, I knew it was not going to all be laughs, unless I started the way Erling Haaland did. That is the only way I wouldn’t get caned!

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Ndidi doubtful for Super Eagles vs Algeria friendlies

Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is doubtful for Nigeria’s upcoming friendlies against Algeria as a result of injury.

Ndidi, according to camp sources, copped an injury in training on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old might return to his club in England this week for further treatment on the injury.

Ndidi has struggled to stay fit recently which has limited his appearance for both club and country.

The former KRC Genk player missed the latter part of last season after sustaining an injury, while in action for Leicester City in a UEFA Europa Conference League clash against Stade Rennes in March.

He last featured for the Super Eagles in the second round encounter against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro now have three midfielders: Raphael Onyedika, Frank Onyeka and Alex Iwobi available for the friendlies.

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Nigeria vs Algeria: 18 Super Eagles players arrive camp

At least 18 players have arrived in the Super Eagles camp ahead of their friendly match against Algeria.

Hajduk Split defender, Chidozie Awaziem, was the first player to arrive on Monday.

He was joined later in the day by 17 other squad members as training began ahead of the match.

The quartet of Francis Uzoho, Adewale Adebayo, Ebube Duru, Godwin Saviour and Kelechi Iheanacho are expected in camp on Tuesday morning.

Nigeria will play Algeria at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium, Oran on Tuesday, September 27.

The three-time African champions have another friendly lined up for next month against Portugal.

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Angel di Maria blames one person for Juventus’ shock defeat to Monza

Juventus winger, Angel di Maria, has blamed himself for his team’s Serie A 1-0 shock defeat to Monza last weekend.

Di Maria received a red card during the encounter at the Stadio Brianteo as Christian Gytkjaer’s goal gave the hosts all three points against Juventus.

Reacting, the Argentine international, in a post via his Instagram account, also apologized to everyone for his inappropriate reaction on the field of play.

“I want to apologize to everyone for this inappropriate reaction I had on the field,” the former Real Madrid, Juventus and Man United star wrote.

Leaving the team with one less in such a difficult moment of the championship made us lose the game. Losing is only my fault. I’m so sorry.

I am a professional but also a human being who makes mistakes and knows how to recognize them.”

Meanwhile, Di Maria’s wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, later defended her husband.

She posted: “Making mistakes is everyone’s fault, accepting the mistake and apologizing is a virtue of a few

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Super Computer predicts title winners, top four, relegations this season

Supercomputer has predicted a comfortable Premier League title win for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

With the prediction, it looks likes no one is likely to stop the Citizens who are still unbeaten this season

City are currently second in the league table, just one point behind leaders, Arsenal.

Manchester City have won four of the previous five league titles and the computer has predicted another title for them this term

Pep Guardiola’s side have a 66% chance of lifting the crown and are expected to pick up 87 points, 12 more ahead of Liverpool, who are predicted to finish second-place.

The Reds have had their chances of winning the title ranked at 15%, with Arsenal third on the list at 8%.

Tottenham will finish in the same position as last season – fourth-place – with 69 points, thereby driving Chelsea out of a Champions League place.

At the other end of the table, Nottingham have been predicted to finish rock bottom, with their chances of going down ranked at 68%.

Bournemouth will come second from bottom, while Leicester City will apparently make up the final spot in the bottom three.

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I wouldn’t be surprised – Barcley reveals player to leave Chelsea in January

Respected football Journalist, Tom Barclay believes Chelsea midfielder, Conor Gallagher could potentially move to Crystal Palace in the January transfer window.

Barclay said he would not be surprised if Gallagher leaves Chelsea for the south London outfit next year because he is an England international.

Gallagher spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

He made 34 Premier League appearances for Patrick Vieira’s side last season, scoring eight goals and providing three assists.

Gallagher has paid the price for lack of regular game time since returning to Chelsea from loan at Palace as he was left out of the England squad for their upcoming Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany, while his teammates Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling are included.

However, while Barclay entertains the possibility of Gallagher being in new Chelsea manager Graham Potter’s plans, he has not ruled out a potential Crystal Palace move in January.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Barclay said: “I wouldn’t be surprised that come January, we are not even talking about this as a possible transfer because he’s become a big part of Graham Potter’s plans.”

He added: “But obviously, if that doesn’t prove to be the case and he is out of the picture, then a player of that quality, particularly being an England international, if he became available, then you’d be pretty certain that Palace would be interested.”

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