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Thiago Silva joins Drogba in Chelsea history books as Thomas Tuchel continue showcase credentials as World’s best Manager



Chelsea got the better of Tottenham in the latest Premier League London derby this evening, with boss Thomas Tuchel having since been singled out for deserved praise as a result.

The Blues were back in action a short time ago, making the trip across the capital for a showdown with Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs.

Chelsea headed into the action aiming to keep the club’s unbeaten start to the season alive, after making it five wins from six via a 1-0 Champions League downing of Zenit St. Petersburg during the week.

And, upon the final whistle sounding at the London Stadium, this is precisely what the visitors went on to do.

After an opening 45 minutes which saw both sides go close, and hosts Tottenham look impressive, Tuchel and co. simply took over following the interval.

First on target was Thiago Silva, who rose highest to nod home Marcos Alonso’s whipped corner from the left, etching his name into the history books as Chelsea’s 2nd-oldest Premier League goalscorer ever in the process:

36 – Aged 36 years and 362 days, Thiago Silva has become the second-oldest Chelsea player to score in the Premier League behind only Didier Drogba, who scored against Leicester City aged 37 years and 49 days in April 2015. Twilight.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 19, 2021

Then, just shy of the hour mark, it was two.

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N’Golo Kante was the rare goalscorer on this occasion, directing home a long-range effort with the help of an altogether considerable deflection:

When your luck’s in…🍀

N’Golo Kante hits one from range and a huge deflection takes it away from Hugo Lloris!#GameZero

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 19, 2021

And this was how things remained through to injury-time, before Antonio Rudiger added some gloss to the scoreline with a 3rd, guiding Chelsea alongside title rivals Liverpool and Manchester United on 13 points atop the Premier League table.

Tricky Tuchel

In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close in North London, a whole host of Chelsea’s stars have since been deservedly singled out for praise.

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The likes of Rudiger, Silva and Alonso all shone bright throughout proceedings, as the Pensioners made crystal clear once again why they are viewed by many as favourites to clinch glory in the English top-flight come the season’s end.

In truth, though, one man was the mastermind behind Chelsea’s utter dominance of their capital rivals this evening.

The individual in question? Thomas Tuchel.

After seeing his side come out of the blocks on the back foot at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Blues’ boss didn’t panic, simply re-organising his charges from the sideline courtesy of a series of in-game tweaks over the course of the first-half.

Chelsea have now kept more clean sheets (15) than they have conceded goals (14) in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel. 🤯

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 19, 2021

Such efforts soon saw Chelsea establish a foothold in proceedings, before a key substitution at half-time – which saw N’Golo Kante introduced for Mason Mount – swung the momentum completely in favour of the visitors.

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From here, once settled into a more clear-cut system, Tuchel’s stars simply out-thought, out-fought and out-played their Spurs counterparts in every facet of the game, proving good money for their eventual 3-0 victory.

Have the big-spending antics of those in a position of power at Stamford Bridge over the last couple of seasons aided Chelsea’s fortunes in reestablishing the club as one of world football’s elite? Of course.

But, as evidenced once again this evening, it was in fact the decision to take a punt on their latest headmaster which truly turned the Blues’ fortunes around, with years of trophy-laden success looking near-certain to lie in wait as the Tuchel-Chelsea train continues to pick up steam.

Crazy to think that PSG let go of Thomas Tuchel to bring in Mauricio Pochettino.

Tuchel continues to show why he’s one of the world’s very best managers. A CL win, a Super Cup win and a complete transformation of Chelsea.

What a fantastic job he’s done.

— EiF (@EiFSoccer) September 19, 2021


Three Man United youngsters impressing Erik ten hang in training, with new boss shocked by one




Erik ten Hag has only been coaching at Manchester United for a couple of days – but there are already three youngsters reportedly impressing their new boss.

The Dutchman has a good record of promoting youth players into the first team, which is something he did so well at Ajax.

And there is a trio of teenagers at Old Trafford who want to follow in the footsteps of Sergino Dest, Jurrien Timber, Ryan Gravenberch and Noa Lang, who were all given opportunities by Ten Hag in the first team of his former club.

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The Sun report that Zidane Iqbal is one of those, having signed a new contract at the Premier League side earlier this summer.

The 19-year-old, who made his first-team debut against Young Boys in the Champions League last December, has ‘shocked’ his new boss, who could be set for more minutes under the Dutch boss.

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Argentine winger Alejandro Garnacho is another who has caught Ten Hag’s eye in training, after scoring twice in the FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest last season.

Garnacho, 18, trained with the Argentina senior squad earlier this year, having made two sub appearances for United.

He was also given Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick ball after his treble against Norwich.

Hannibal Mejbri, 19, made a number of appearances towards the end of last season – including a fiery performance in the club’s heavy defeat to Liverpool.

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And he is another academy graduate who Ten Hag could throw into the first-team fold, especially with Ronaldo reportedly wanting to leave the club.

To expect any of that trio to immediately replace the wantaway superstar would be unrealistic.

But, give it a few years, and United could have the next Ronaldo on their hands.

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Erik Ten Hag demands Man Utd ‘be fast’ about getting £43m signing over the line




Erik ten Hag has told Man Utd to hurry up over a potential deal to sign Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez, according to reports.

The Red Devils are looking for a new centre-back this summer to give Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane some competition.

Man Utd have been linked with a number of defenders but a potential transfer for Martinez seems to have legs with a number of respected journalists revealing Ten Hag’s interest in a deal.

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The Argentina international was one of Ajax’s best players under Ten Hag last season with the 24-year-old playing 37 times in all competitions for the Eredivisie champions.

Ajax have been holding out for €50m (£43m) for Martinez but reports yesterday indicated they are ‘willing to cooperate’ with Man Utd after the Red Devils put an offer of €41m plus €4m in add-ons on the table.

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And that will be music to Ten Hag’s ears with journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming that the Dutchman has told Man Utd ‘to be fast’ over sealing a deal for Martinez with competition coming from fellow Premier League side Arsenal.

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It is understood that Martinez is ‘pushing to leave Ajax’ this summer and Ten Hag wants the Argentine as his next signing after Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia.

Arsenal are described as ‘still there’ in the race for Martinez but Romano adds that Man Utd boss Ten Hag ‘wants him strongly’.

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Barcelona do not want to sign Ronaldo, Lewandowski is the priority



Following the meeting between Barcelona and super-agent Jorge Mendes on Monday, there has been non-stop speculation that the Catalans have been offered a chance to sign Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old is intent on securing an exit from Old Trafford this summer, just a year after returning to his old stomping ground.

The lack of Champions League football and the failure to sign any players so far have been cited as reasons for the Portuguese maverick to seek a move.

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There have been talks with Chelsea, while a move to Bayern Munich has also been mooted. And following the meeting between his agent Mendes and Barcelona president Joan Laporta, it is being heavily speculated that Ronaldo has been offered to the Blaugrana.

However, as per a report from journalist David Bernabeu Reverter, there is zero chance that Barcelona will sign Ronaldo this summer.

The Spanish journalist claims that Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski remains the utmost priority for the Blaugrana this summer and their stance on the matter is non-negotiable.

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Barça have been pursuing Lewandowski for months and even have a three-year contract agreement in place with the Poland captain.

However, Bayern Munich’s unwillingness to negotiate with the Catalans is proving to be a major hurdle.

In spite of that, the Blaugrana remain intent on signing Lewandowski and are not considering bringing in Ronaldo, as per the aforementioned update.

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Despite being 37, Ronaldo remains in tremendous shape and scored 24 goals in all competitions last season. However, he has a rich history with Real Madrid.

The Portugal captain is Los Blancos’ all-time leading goalscorer and a club legend. So, it is hard to fathom that a move to Camp Nou can materialise.

As things stand, at least according to what David Bernabeu Reverter’s sources are stating, Lewandowski is the absolute priority for Barcelona.

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