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Sarri defends Jorginho & calls for more from Hazard after Chelsea draw against Wolves

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Despite the Belgian rescuing the Blues with a late goal on Sunday, his manager is still looking for more off-ball movement
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said he wants more movement off the ball from Eden Hazard after his side only managed a 1-1 draw against Wolves on Sunday.
The Blues appeared to be heading for a home defeat at Stamford Bridge, with Raul Jimenez scoring the game’s only goal heading into stoppage time.
But Hazard came to his side’s rescue in the 92nd minute , firing home from the top of the box to give Chelsea a share of the spoils.
Despite Hazard’s late heroics, Sarri still appeared to be frustrated by a lack of movement from the Belgian and the rest of his team-mates .
Sarri said he believed that his players were hindering the effectiveness of Jorginho, who looks to control play for the Blues from the middle of the pitch.
“Jorginho, if the other players do not move without the ball, is in trouble, because he is really very able to play with one touch,” Sari said.
“Of course if you want to play with one touch you need movements with the other players.
“I know him very well. He can go in trouble if all the rest of the team is not moving.
“We needed to move faster and needed more movement without the ball.
“Today we played with five touches and if there is no space it is very difficult to score if you play with five or six touches.
“We need to improve in this kind of situation. We can’t keep taking five or six touches.
“Hazard is a great player, he can solve this situation, but during the match was like the other players. He needs more movement without the ball.”
Though he was frustrated with his side’s static play, Sarri still felt Chelsea did enough to win on the afternoon.
“We made a lot of mistakes but we deserved to win,” Sarri said.
“We were unlucky because we conceded a goal in the first situation inside our box – the first and the last in all the 90 minutes.
“We were unlucky on that, but on the other hand we need to improve in attack against teams who defend with 11 players. We must move the ball faster.”
Chelsea are back in action on Thursday when they face Dynamo Kyiv in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

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Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus

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Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.

Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.

It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.

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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.

The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.

Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates

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France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.

Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.

Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.

France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.

The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner

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Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.

The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.

Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.

Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.

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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.

Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”

Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.

“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.

“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.

“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.

 

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