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Maurizio Sarri slammed a “messy” performance as Juventus fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Udinese on Thursday night to miss the chance to seal the Serie A title for the ninth time in a row.

Juventus yet to settle Maurizio Sarri four months after his sack

Juventus and former boss Maurizio Sarri are still in discussions about settling the compensation he is due after being sacked in the summer, according to reports.
Roberto Mancini has expressed his sadness at seeing Mario Balotelli go from being Italian football's golden boy to the odd man out.

Roberto Mancini: Mario Balotelli should be playing for Italy

Italy boss Mancini gave Balotelli his Serie A debut for Inter when the striker was just 17 years old, in December 2007, and a first Azzurri cap came before his 20th birthday.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reacts, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Michael Regan-Pool via REUTERS

Frank Lampard feels ‘judged differently’ as an English coach

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes English managers are judged differently to their foreign counterparts and says more should be given the opportunity to lead Premier League clubs.
Lionel Messi is uncomfortable at Barcelona, according to Juan Sebastian Veron, who says the Argentine superstar is struggling amid the Blaugrana's search for an identity.

Juan Sebastian Veron: Leo Messi is uncomfortable at Barcelona

Lionel Messi is uncomfortable at Barcelona, according to Juan Sebastian Veron, who says the Argentine superstar is struggling amid the Blaugrana's search for an identity.
Edouard Mendy has told Frank Lampard he is ready to face West Brom this weekend, as the Chelsea manager weighs up whether to throw the goalkeeper straight in for his debut.

Edouard Mendy: I’m fit to make Chelsea debut vs West Brom

Edouard Mendy has told Frank Lampard he is ready to face West Brom this weekend, as the Chelsea manager weighs up whether to throw the goalkeeper straight in for his debut.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised his players for celebrating Andreas Christensen’s red card.

Jurgen Klopp berates Liverpool bench for celebrating Chelsea’s red card

Chelsea defender Christensen was dismissed just before half time for hauling down Sadio Mane. Although he was initially given a yellow card, Christensen was sent off after referee Paul Tierney consulted the pitchside monitor.

Gianfranco Zola hails Victor Osimhen’s ‘important qualities’ ahead Parma vs Napoli

Gianfranco Zola is in awe of Victor Osimhen’s talent, suggesting that the Nigerian attacking ace has important qualities with which he can help Napoli to succeed this new season.
Nicolas Anelka has played for some of the most recognisable names in European football management over the last 25 years, but two stand out as his best managers- Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce.

Nicolas Anelka: Chelsea can be champions of England

Former Chelsea star, Nicolas Anelka, says Chelsea have a ‘great chance’ of becoming champions of England considering their latest signings.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis says he is looking forward to seeing more of Victor Osimhen after the Nigerian scored a hat-trick in his first game for the Serie A side.

UEFA hails Victor Osimhen after second hat-trick for Napoli

Europe’s football governing body UEFA has praised Victor Osimhen after he scored his second hat-trick for Napoli, in their 4-0 win against Teramo in Friday’s pre-season game.
Finidi George says the scheduling of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is bad news for most European teams.

Finidi George: Why Super Eagles lost to Italy at 1994 World Cup

Former Nigeria international Finidi George has revealed some of the reasons that led to the Super Eagles painful exit at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.
Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, is delighted to reach the Europa League after winning the FA Cup.

Mikel Arteta still on cloud nine after Arsenal’s Europa League qualification

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, is delighted to reach the Europa League after winning the FA Cup.
The future of Lille attacker Victor Osimhen has been thrown into doubt, with Napoli stating that the player has changed agents and must start negotiations “all over again”.

Victor Osimhen picks Number 9 jersey at Napoli

According to Radio Kiss Kiss (via Tuttomercatoweb) which is supposedly Napoli’s official radio station, Victor Osimhen has already chosen a shirt number to wear ahead of his imminent move to the Italian Serie A club.
Frank Lampard has brought a positive vibe into the Chelsea dressing room since succeeding Maurizio Sarri in the managerial hot seat, according to Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Frank Lampard names the five best players he ever played with

Frank Lampard played with some world-class players for Chelsea, Manchester City, and England – but he can’t choose between the two best of all.
Business manager Paolo Dal Pino was elected president of Serie A on Wednesday, ending more than a month of emergency leadership for a league struggling with fan racism and divided over the assignment of TV rights.

Italian Serie A gets new president

Business manager Paolo Dal Pino was elected president of Serie A on Wednesday, ending more than a month of emergency leadership for a league struggling with fan racism and divided over the assignment of TV rights.
English Premier League

Premier League not following FIFA advice for handling racism

Tottenham has asked the Premier League to clarify the procedures it follows in the wake of the fallout from Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger reporting being subjected to monkey noises from the home fans in Sunday’s London derby.
Eden Hazard

Gianfranco Zola: Eden Hazard deserves Real Madrid chance

Eden Hazard is an “incredible” talent that deserves the opportunity to test himself at Real Madrid, says Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.

Chelsea meet Frank Lampard over Stamford Bridge job

Chelsea have met with Frank Lampard to discuss the manager’s role at Stamford Bridge as Juventus prepare to announce the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their new coach.
The UEFA Champions League football cup is displayed prior to the draw for the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League football tournament at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on December 17, 2018. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI - AFP)

European Leagues critical of proposed Champions League reforms

The European Leagues has said plans to revamp the Champions League should be started from scratch as the current proposals only benefit "a few rich and dominant clubs".

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the club do not have much room to manoeuvre in the January transfer window and may have to offload players before they can add to the first-team squad.

Mikel Arteta expects difficult January transfer window

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the club do not have much room to manoeuvre in the January transfer window and may have to offload players before they can add to the first-team squad.

Qatar supports Nigerian Armed Forces, Police with $1 billion

The Republic of Qatar has released $1billion to provide scientific equipment and build an ultra-mordern hospital for officers and men of the Armed Forces including the transformation of Nigerian Police training schools and colleges.
Interpol has issued a notice to police forces around the world about various scams that have sprung up which take advantage of the Corronavirus (COVID-19).

Interpol raises the alarm over fake coronavirus vaccines

The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) has alerted Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and 190 other countries of threat from organised criminal groups during the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, including fake vaccines and the theft of supplies.
Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Omo-Agege: Why National Assembly cannot produce new constitution for Nigeria

Deputy President of Senate Ovie Omo-Agege has declared that the National Assembly has no power to replace the current constitution with new one.
England, Nigeria and Canada are in a three-way tussle for the services of Fikayo Tomori, with the Chelsea centre-half’s impressive displays putting him on Gareth Southgate’s radar.

Newcastle United target Fikayo Tomori loan move

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle are considering making a loan move for Tomori, however the Magpies expect to face competition from other clubs domestically and from overseas.