Author: Akshat Mehrish

Akshat Mehrish is a football expert who has a keen interest in tactics and player recruitment aspects of the sport.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea got their pre-season underway with a come-from-behind win over bogey team Bournemouth. Elsewhere, Manchester City scored twice past Championship outfit Preston North End to win their first friendly. Thomas Tuchel named a strong starting line-up for the first half, composed of players who were at Chelsea when he took over and the ones who returned this summer from their respective loans. Forgotten man Danny Drinkwater was handed a start in midfield while Lewis Baker – another midfielder – was deployed as one of the three center-backs, surprisingly. Chelsea fashioned out a few good chances for themselves in the opening period, most of which…

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Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that he is looking for a new club, as two Serie A sides have emerged as his potential destination. Now 29 years of age, Shaqiri joined the Reds from Stoke City back in 2018 for £13.5 million. The Swiss had a good first season with the Kopites. Not only did he feature in 30 games in the 2018/19 season, but he also found the back of the net on six occasions. However, chances have come few and far between for him in the last two seasons. The signing of Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers further depleted Shaqiri’s chances of…

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Chelsea manager was named Germany’s Coach of the Year 2021, after he led the Blues to their second Champions League title. Tuchel beat countrymen Edin Terzic and Hansi Flick to claim the prize. “I accept the award very gratefully as a great honor for the entire team because I see myself as a team player,” “I don’t believe in individual awards too much, I truly believe it is a team effort, not only the players on the pitch everybody loves but the team behind the team. I don’t do this alone. I do it with my staff, not only my…

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The negotiations to add Raphael Varane to Manchester United’s ranks are underway. The Red Devils have met Real Madrid to discuss a potential transfer, while the player himself has agreed to join the club. Mohamed Bouhafsi reports that negotiations between the clubs have already begun. The Red Devils are negotiating the transfer fee which they are supposed to pay Los Blancos in exchange for a player whose contract runs out next year. The Spanish giants are reluctant to lose their prized asset for free and are keen to cash in this year.  https://twitter.com/mohamedbouhafsi/status/1419292305052274688 Varane, meanwhile, has already agreed to join Manchester United. Marca…

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Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma continued their fine form by hitting five past Debrecen. Real travelled to Glasgow to play newly-crowned Scottish champions Rangers in their latest pre-season friendly. Los Blancos went into the match on the back of a win and a draw against Fuenlabrada and Rayo Vallecano, respectively, but were beaten by Rangers 2-1 despite Carlo Ancelotti naming a strong side. The returning head coach named a side filled with bench players and reserves. Nonetheless, Madrid boasted incredible strength in their playing eleven through Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Martin Odegaard and Marcelo. Los Blancos started the game positively,…

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Italian FA’s Technical-Scientific Committee member Franceso Barconaro has confirmed that Christian Eriksen won’t be allowed to resume his playing career in Italy until he receives certain clearances. Eriksen collapsed on the field during Denmark’s opening game at the Euros against Finland but has since recovered. “Right now Eriksen could not be eligible to play. If the player’s ICD is removed because the pathology has been resolved, he can return to Inter,”Barconaro told Radio KissKiss Napoli.  The incident involving Eriksen took place on May 25, 2021, in the later stages of the first half. The Danish playmaker suddenly collapsed on the…

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Everton star Richarlison scored a 30-minute hattrick as Brazil beat Germany in the first match of the Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Tournament. Elsewhere, Mexico thrashed France 4-1, while Spain drew with Egypt. The Men’s Football Tournament got underway in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony, with all sixteen teams in action. There were some eye-catching results on Day 1 of the tournament, none more so than Mexico’s huge win over France. Mexico thrashed world champions France 4-1 in the opening Group A match, with all five goals coming in the second half. Guadalajara’s Alexis Vega opened the scoring two minutes after the break before Sebastian…

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Tottenham are beginning to take shape under Nuno Espirito Santo. Spurs beat Colchester United in their second pre-season game by a scoreline of three goals to nil. Elsewhere, Barcelona thrashed Gimnastic 4-0 thanks to a Rey Manaj hattrick. New Tottenham Hotspur boss decided to name a strong first eleven for the game against Colchester. For the first time this summer, Son Heung-min, Steven Bregwijn, Dele Alli, and Lucas Moura all started the match, looking to build fitness ahead of the new season. Harry Kane was the notable absence in the squad, the England captain enjoying some time off after a prolonged season. There were also no…

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AC Milan’s squad strengthening ahead of their return to the UEFA Champions League continues with the signing of Olivier Giroud. Meanwhile, Spain U21 international Brahim Diaz is expected to return on loan from Real Madrid for two years. AC Milan director Paolo Maldini has confirmed the signing of France international from Chelsea. The striker, who recently committed himself to another year at Stamford Bridge, will instead sign for the Rossoneri on a two-year deal, believed to be worth one million euro plus another million in add-ons. Speaking at the unveiling of the Serie A 2021/22 calendar. Maldini confirmed that Giroud will be arriving in Milan soon…

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Now that the Euros are over, clubs are expected to shift gears in the transfer market. Manchester City are one club linked with some huge moves, namely for English stars Harry Kane and Jack Grealish. The Athletic’s Manchester City correspondent – Sam Lee – reports that the club is continuing their attempts to sign Kane and Grealish. Despite Pep Guardiola claiming last season that City will not spend “crazy money” in the market, it seems that the club will be willing to part ways with a figure in the region of 175 to 215 million pounds to sign both players.  City have already registered an interest in Harry…

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