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On Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino explained Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 wins against league leaders Chelsea as “massive” as he keeps up his record of never having lost a home derby after taking charge of the north London club.

The Argentine, who becomes weaken at the death last season in a first league title since in the year 1961 was an option. Argentine has won eight matches and drawn four of his 12 derbies at White Hart Lane except the latest were arguably the most impressive.

Club Chelsea has won 13 matches in a row and also a joint record in a single Premier League season, and one more would have matched Arsenal’s all-time series of 14 set over two campaigns.

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Antonio Conte, the managers of Chelsea side, have been unassailable as the start of October and victory would have placed them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Two Dele Alli headers either side of half-time, both from Christian Eriksen crosses, earned Tottenham a deserved victory that lifted them to third place, seven points behind Chelsea.

According to the sources, Pochettino said that “It is a massive victory, a very important three points to reduce the gap at the top of the table.”

He is more worried about his own team’s title chances than ending Chelsea’s long winning run; he said “It was a very tough game, we were playing one of the best teams in Europe, so the value of the victory is massive. It makes us very proud and we showed character and were competitive. It is one step forward for the team and it is important to keep going. Football is about belief.”

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“We have shown we can challenge for the big things. We are in a good position; Chelsea is in a very good position, but we are fighting to get points and to reduce the gap above us.”

He has scored two goals in each of Tottenham’s in the last three matches and also seven in his last four, Pochettino said “He is showing fantastic skills in front of the goal. He is a great player and one who has potential to improve. He was fantastic today again.”

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The Goals from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch also side of halftime gave Stoke City 2-0 wins over Watford which moved Mark Hughes’s side nine points clear of the relegation zone and above their opponents in the table.

City, they were without a victory in their last five league matches. They receive leading when Charlie Adam’s corner fell nearby the post and Shawcross swept by the left-footed deep into first-half stoppage time.

Four minutes after the game resumed the English professional footballer Crouch followed up his goal against Chelsea on Saturday to score in successive Premier League appearances for the first time since February 2015. Stoke moved up to 11th on 24 points, two ahead of 14th place Watford.

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It ended an unsatisfactory run for Hughes’s side who had conceded four goals to both Liverpool and Chelsea in their last two games and seemed in danger of being sucked into the relegation battle.

According to the sources, Hughes said that “We have played better and been beaten in recent weeks, we got goals at good times and then saw the game out quite comfortably.”

Watford, however, is now without a victory in their last five league matches, having scored just twice and conceded 10 in those matches.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri said “We have to keep going and give everything for the next match. Nothing is going our way, so it is just a period we are not lucky but we need to change this.”

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Player Ratings of Stoke City

Johnson (6), Grant (7), M.Indi (7), Shawcross (7), Adam (8), Arnautovic (7), Walters (6), Diouf (7), Crouch (7), Allen (7), Pieters (7)

Subs

Affeley (6), Whelen (6)

Player Ratings of Watford

Kaboul (5), Gomes (7), Kabasele (6), Prodl (5), Doucoure (6), Britos (5), Behrami (6), Guedioura (5), Deeney (6), Capoue (6), Holebas (7)

Subs

Ighalo (5), Sinclair (6)

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The former footballer of Spanish and current manager of Indian club Bengaluru FC, Albert Raco having endeared himself to the followers after leading Bengaluru FC to the historic AFC Cup final in November. Now, he is ready for the competition in news season.

The winners kick off their name defense against Shillong Lajong in their I-League opener on Saturday, whereas AFC Champions League succeeded round against AI-Wahdat at the end of the month.

According to the sources, Bengaluru FC coach Roca said o0n Tuesday that “It can be a long season with a lot of tough games. We have to be ready for all competitions. I will try to get to the second leg in the Champions League if possible. All our supporters expect the best out of us and we have to be ready for that.”

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He said “I don’t like to talk about pressure; I want to talk about a challenge. It’s a challenge. I want to have a good dynamic. A positive one because then one day if we lose, we are still playing good and the team will be always at a level to win.”

When Raco asked by the media about his expectations, he said “Just to be better (than last season). My mission right now is to just push my players to think that it’s possible (to achieve all that we did last year) again. I’ve come here with the idea to get to that (top) level, not in three-four months, but to see that we are moving in that direction.”

“The idea is not just for us to be a good team but to produce players who can play for the Indian national team and help them do better,” he added.

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Bengaluru manager said that the former Barcelona assistant manager thinks that the responsibility is only the player to adjust to his passing system. The coach said “We like to follow how we played in the past. It will be difficult because we lost Alvaro Rubio. It’s not going to be easy to keep control of that situation. The players that have come will have to try their best and keep that situation that we want.”

The Bengaluru FC exposed “It’s always a question of being able to adapt and it’s not easy. All the players that have come and all players who were here before, they know that I like to play football. It’s not possible to do that all the time and we need to adapt.”

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The manager of Manchester United Jose Mourinho again makes complaints about the Premier League’s festive match smash after his side labored to a 2-0 win at 10-man West Ham United on Monday.

Portuguese coach Fernando Santos blamed to United’s mixed performance on having to play their second game in three days, the tour to London coming hardly 48 hours after a rousing 2-1 return win at home to Middlesbrough.

The United’s manager Mourinho said to the reporters that “It’s very difficult to play football in these circumstances within 48 hours. It’s amazing for the fans around the world, everybody has the Premier League, I’m more than happy to do that but it’s very hard for the players.”

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Match referee Mike Dean cruelly sent off West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli in the 15th minutes for challenging Phil Jones. However, United required till the 63rd to open the scoring through Juan Mata.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic becomes offside in scoring the second while United, who got a seventh directly win in all competitions for the first time since in 2010/11, were help out by three saves from David de Gea, who refused Michail Antonio presently before Mata scored.

Manchester United manager said that “It’s not just hard for the team with 10 (players) but hard for the team with 11. When you have one more player you also need to think well. My players were too tired to think well; we had lots of bad decisions. When you are fresh you play simple, when you are not fresh you play complicated. In the first half, everything was complicated. Only when I brought on fresh people, Mata, Rashford, the team was different,” he added.

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“We had width with Rashford, an extra player creating, and we deserved to win, but I’m going to be honest, if Antonio scores I don’t think we win when you are tired and losing it’s even harder.”

On Wednesday, United’s manager once more made a complaints tone that league leaders Chelsea have more two days to relax before visiting Tottenham Hotspur, United’s competitors for a top-four finish.

He said “We go step-by-step; we try to win our matches. But in relation to Tottenham v Chelsea, I hope it’s an amazing match, they are two great teams with the privilege nobody else has so they are fresh.”

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Thibaut Courtois the best goalkeeper of Chelsea trust that the key to their dramatic turnaround in shape lies in the defense which has conceded two goals during the club’s 12-game winning line.

The Premier League leaders accept to Stoke City next at Stamford Bridge on Saturday planning to safe a 13th consecutive league win in a run which started in the wake of an embarrassing 3-0 beat at Arsenal.

However, both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa together with the motivating midfielder and N’Golo Kante, have involved most admire in current weeks, the goalkeeper Courtois says that the structure back line has placed the base for the improvement in form.thibaut

He trusts the defense has been distorted by Conte’s decision to control to three following the Arsenal loss; Goalkeeper Courtois said to Chelseafc.com that “Letting in only two goals is amazing. After that Arsenal game we had to bulid a new thing and we did it well, and there is a lot of hard work in training. It was not just that we did a new formation and it will work,” he added.

“As a goalkeeper it doesn’t change much but now we are more solid at the back than at the beginning of the season, it is harder for people to break us down, and when they do try to score a goal I try to save it. Some other teams tried to defeat us as well with that formation but if it is well-worked like we do it, it is hard to break down and every day in training we do it a lot.”

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“That is why we have this run at the moment and we just try to keep it going and we will see in few weeks and months where we are standing, and hopefully we will be there in the race for the championship.”

According to the sources, Belgian international footballer Hazard stated that the current team might be better than Chelsea side. The 24-years-old Hazard said that “In the Premier League things go really fast; so we just have to keep the focus on ourselves and play game by game and then we will see. Stoke at home will he hard and then we go to Tottenham, to Leicester, they are all tough games, and after we have Hull, Liverpool and Arsenal,” he added.

“So it is an important moment for us and then we will see where we stand in February.”

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Recent manager of FC Barcelona Luis Enrique says that his team Barcelona has a strike over Hercules in the Copa del Rey 7-0 on Wednesday, it was a huge boost to his side.

The first team players included Neymar, Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were denied from the match since already been sent on holiday with Jeremy Mathieu injured and Marc-Andre ter Stegen rested for the last 32-second stage.

There was still little work to do to defeat the 1-1 first leg result, however after Lucas Digne’s 37th-minute opener; it was all one-way traffic. Ivan Rakitic added a second on the stroke of half-time before a 50th-minute goal from Rafinha and Arda Turan’s first of the night on 55 minutes.enrique

Paco Alcacer opened his account for the club with 73 minutes played, with Turan scoring a second and third in the 86th and 89th minutes. After the match, Luis Enrique praised his players while congratulating Alcacer for scoring his first goal for Barcelona.

According to the sources, Luis Enrique said to the club’s official website, “We knew that they would set up similarly to the first leg, with many players behind the ball, making it difficult to find spaces. But we remained patient to continue generating (chances) through our possession. It is a match that gives a boost to many of the players and the team.”

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Again he added “Against a narrow team, we wanted to make the pitch bigger, that is why we moved the full-backs higher up. We moved the ball around well which led to them becoming tired. In the second half, more spaces and more chances arrived. I like all competitions; we are an ambitious team, and we want to win everything. I am happy with Paco Alcacer’s performance, as we all are. He is a goalscorer who help us a lot.”

Alcacer said about the goal that it was an honour to score for Barcelona, “It is special to score in this shirt at the Camp Nou.”

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Manchester United cheers for their great win against Zorya Luhansk. They have successfully booked a spot in Europa in the last 32 and all credits go to the new champ of Manchester United Henrikh Mkhitaryan. In this match, all players had played the game very well, but it’s Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic who successfully clear the knockout stage to qualify for Europa.

In the first 45 minutes, the efforts of Zorya Luhansk seems better than Manchester United. It ‘s nice to see the long range efforts from their sides by Rooney and Pogba.

After the break, Manchester United lucky champ Mkhitaryan shows his magic on the ground. He dribbled the ball from the halfway and successfully makes a lead in the game by 1-0.football

Second half goals from Mkhitaryan made a travesty of his 2-month dispersion from the first lineup with his great efforts and sports. Apart this Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes the lead from 1-0 to 2-0. This goal dispels the memories of their earlier struggles in the group stage.

This victory against Zorya Luhansk on a freezing night in Chronometers Stadium, Odessa Ukraine confirms their place in the second position in group A behind Fenerbahce who win against Feyenoord with a lead of 1-0.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan who played before for Borussia Dortmund has joined the Manchester United Club for 25 Million pounds in the close season. For this, he finally owns over Manchester United Club manager Mr. Jose Mourinho when he slots his first goal to qualify his club in the very beginning of the second half.football

This match seems to regain confidence that helped him to score 23 goals in the last season when he had played for Dortmund.

In an interview of BT, Sport Mkhitaryan told that He has been waiting for this match in particular for this goal for a long time. He also stated that his next target or it might be his dream to shot a   goal in his home ground at Old Trafford.

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Champion League: On Wednesday, football team Borussia places a new Champions League scoring record in a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid whereas FC Porto and Sevilla stated the two remaining last- 16 spots. Dortmund made on the top spot in Group F after struggling back from 2-0 down against team Madrid, leaving the Spanish against with theoretically a tough draw to be done in the quarter-finals.

Marco Reus, the star of the early show at Santiago Bernabeu, hitting the equaliser two minutes time. A double from Karim Benzema seems to have Real Madrid well place to leapfrog the Germans and secure a home game in the second leg of their last-16 tie.

Dortmund scored 21 goals in their group campaign, the most for any team in a group stage in the history of the tournament. Reus said that “Real had some big chances in the second half, but we hoped for a lucky punch and we got it. Auba was world-class with his pass and I was happy to get on the end of it – the goal was 99 percent him and one from me.”champion-league

Real Madrid team coach Zinedine Zidane said that his team must have killed off the game. Real coach Zidane said, “We gave the game away by missing chances to score the third goal.”

Lyon lost 1-0 in Sevilla in September and trailed the Spaniards by three points – essential to winning by two clear goals to go through. But they could not find a way through, with Mathieu Valbuena and Corentin Tolisso equally hit the woodwork. Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said, “I am satisfied because we have put in enormous efforts to qualify against very important opponents.”

Table-topping Juventus beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 with Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani on target.  Croatians completed their drive having unsuccessful to score a single goal.

Leicester City had previously made sure of top spot in Group G in their debut season in the competition, but they suffered their first defeat of the drive, 5-0 at the port which went through as runners-up.champion-league

Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri stated that they want to view their character and their strength. “We can lose, but I want us to show our character and our strength. We didn’t do that well enough tonight.”

In Group E, Bayer Leverkusen previously assured of the second spot, behind Monaco 3-0 however the win wasn’t sufficient to overhaul the table-topping French side.

Harry Kane and an Akinfeev (goalkeeper of Russian) gave Spurs the three points. Kane confessed that if they want to progress in future European adventures, then Tottenham should improve their home form. He said, “You are playing the best teams in Europe, so you can’t rely on away results which we have done this season.”

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