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Champions League: Chelsea Star, Giroud Confident Of Goal In Barcelona Clash

Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud has warned Barcelona he feels certain he will score against them on Wednesday night, Dailystar reports.

The French man who has just one Blues goal to his name since making the £18m switch from Arsenal in January, was unlucky not to add to his tally against Crystal Palace on Saturday however.

He was a handful for the Eagles backline, setting up Willian for the opener and later striking the post.

Antonio Conte’s side travel to the Nou Camp having secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and with the tie in the balance, Giroud’s confidence in his own ability is unwavering.

He said: “As a striker, sometimes you don’t look at the goal. You shoot and it’s going in but you need a bit of luck.

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“It’s important keep the confidence high and work for your team-mates so I tried to deliver some passes for Willian and Eden. I’m happy because we won and even if I didn’t score I’m sure I will in the next games.”

Palace grabbed a late consolation, but the win mean Chelsea are now within four points of Liverpool in fourth place.

Giroud explained how he just missed out on his first Premier League goal for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

He said; “Sometimes the goal looks smaller in certain games and that was the fact for me. I kept going, kept believing I could score but I was a bit unlucky.

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“The defender saved the ball off the line (pictured below), and after that I hit the post. After that I just tried to play with my team-mates and the most important thing was that I felt good on the pitch.”

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Man Utd sack Jose Mourinho: Red Devils part way with manager after poor start to the season


Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United following their disappointing start to the season.

The Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but have already lost five times in 17 matches, leaving them 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 off fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League places.

That follows a summer transfer window in which Mourinho routinely complained at a lack of signings, with the Portuguese unable to persuade the club’s hierarchy to sign a new centre-back.

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Mourinho has continued to drop hints that he remains unhappy at that failure to spend big, and he now leaves after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford, with his final match in charge Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.

“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” a statement read.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.
“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

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Manchester United Faces PSG, Juventus To Battle Atletico – Full UCL Last 16 Draw


The draws for the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions leagie last sixteen has been concluded on Monday as four English teams and three Spanish teams as well as three German teams are set to battle each other.

According to the last 16 draws by the UEFA Champions League on Monday afternoon, the reigning champions, Real Madrid will take on Ajax, while Manchester City must tackle Schalke, and Tottenham will battle with Borussia Dortmund in the knock-out rounds.

Manchester United will face Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp must tackle German opposition in the form of Bayern Munich.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus meet Atletico Madrid, while Lyon have been handed the unenviable task of trying to shackle Lionel Messi and Barcelona. Roma have been paired with Porto and Ajax with reigning champions Real Madrid.

Below is the full list of fixtures;

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 Lukaku’s first touch is bad, he loses the ball a lot – Mourinho 

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has slated Romelu Lukaku’s first touch, following their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Mourinho, however, feels he had a good game, despite failing to register a single shot on target.

“I think he didn’t have a bad game at all.

“I think he fought his heart, he had good movement, he set up the goal.

“He was lively, he had good movement, he had good interactions.

“Sometimes his first touch is not the best and he loses lots of ball in the first touch, but today it did not happen.

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“He had some link-up. I think he fought hard. I think he’s improving. He played positively the last game against Fulham and today a very difficult match to play. I think he was positive,” Mourinho told reporters after the game.

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