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The Blues boss refused to criticise Romelu Lukaku for his performance against Manchester City on Saturday
Edouard Mendy was named the best goalkeeper in the world at Fifa’s awards ceremony on Monday night. The ceremony for The Best awards for 2021 saw Chelsea scoop three honours, including Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes as the coaches of the year. After backlash against his snub from the Ballon d’Or award longlist, Senegalese shot-stopper Mendy was named The Best Men’s Goalkeeper, beating Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer in the vote.
Crystal Palace are reconsidering their decision to potentially allow Jean-Philippe Mateta to leave the club this month. There is interest in the striker from his homeland France in a loan deal until the end of the season, but a recent upturn in form may see him stay at Selhurst Park. Mateta has two goals in his last four games across all competitions and was turned to by manager Patrick Vieira ahead of Burnley target Christian Benteke during the 1-1 draw with Brighton, playing a role in Conor Gallagher's fine goal.
England kept their hopes of a first Quad Series title alive after overcoming an eight-goal deficit to defeat New Zealand 49-46 and book their spot in the final
Defending champion Novak Djokovic's Australian Open thrown into doubt as Australian govt cancels visa.
There were nine pre-season friendlies this weekend, including Championship club Bradford beating Hull in Danny Brough's testimonial match.
The multi-format Women’s Ashes series is set to get under way on Thursday with the first of three T20 internationals.
All you need to know ahead of the final
Swinton have announced winger Reece Hamlett has had his contract terminated by mutual consent to concentrate on employment away from rugby league.
Djokovic leaves Australia after failing to overturn decision from the government to cancel his visa.
Ollie Robinson and Stuart Broad reduced the hosts to 12 for three in the first Ashes Test but an injury to the former proved costly for England
After poor opening-day results, Guinea-Bissau and Egypt are out to finally make an impact on this year’s Africa Cup of Nations when they square off later today. While the number of teams progressing through to the next round does offer some hope, the manner of Egypt’s performance against Nigeria in particular will have been disappointing. Rarely did they trouble the Super Eagles in their Group D opener while Guinea-Bissau could rue missing a crucial penalty against Sudan.
Whatever you might think about Rory Burns’ batting, whether it be his technique, his mentality or his attitude, you cannot but have felt a smidgen of pity as he trudged off the field, an opener run out for a duck for just the third time in Ashes history.
<strong>Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea</strong>: The Belgian’s sublime winner saw the Premier League champions increase their lead at the top of the table to 13 points
Dusan Vlahovic is available for transfer this month after reports in Italy detailed Fiorentina’s plans to cash in on the Serbian striker. Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid have all been linked with the forward and the Gunners are said to have launched a £50million player-plus-cash bid. Also on their radar is the surprising name of Diego Costa, according to reports in Brazil, with Mikel Arteta desperate to bolster a squad which was deemed unable to face Tottenham in today’s North London derby.
Everton have sacked Rafael Benitez after six months in charge. Benitez leaves Goodison Park after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Norwich left Everton 16th in the Premier League after nine defeats in their past 12 games. Everton’s travelling fans demanded that Benitez “get out of our club” during the Norwich defeat.
Tiley is coming under increasing pressure, after Novak Djokovic's saw his visa to remain in Melbourne revoked for a second time on Friday.
Man City moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as Kevin De Bruyne gave them a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the Etihad. The home side were on top throughout the match but struggled to find the breakthrough until De Bruyne’s wonderful second-half strike finally gave his side the lead. It took City’s winning run in the league to 12 matches and while Liverpool, who are 14 points behind, have two games in hand, Pep Guardiola’s side continue to look unstoppable in their defence of the title.
The Serbian’s hopes of defending his title in Melbourne now appear to be over with his first-round match scheduled for Monday evening
As Africa’s highest-ranked team and with a star-studded squad boasting the likes of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, much was expected from the beaten 2019 finalists in Cameroon. While four points will surely already be enough to see them safely into the last-16, Senegal will want to ensure they win the group and drive some momentum before the knockout stages. Guinea face Zimbabwe at the same time, so any further slip-ups will surely be punished.