Author: Anuraag Peesara

Connecting the eccentric metaphors of sport and life through write-ups.

On his Instagram story, Manchester United forward Anthony Martial denies refusing to be in the squad for the Premier League clash with Aston Villa. Manager Ralf Rangnick had earlier claimed that the Frenchman’s absence from the squad was the player’s choice. Despite the recent managerial change, the environment at Old Trafford continues to be chaotic. In the latest episode, Martial and Rangnick seem to be at loggerheads with each other. Rangnick had named just eight substitutes for the trip to Villa Park, which ended in a disappointing 2-2 draw. https://twitter.com/AVFCOfficial/status/1482472662689464321 When enquired about Martial, the German mentioned that the player…

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When Liverpool and Brentford met each other last time, they produced a football match that epitomized the pulsating nature of the English game. It finished in a 3-3 draw at the Brentford Community Stadium, but for the Bees to aspire or achieve anything similar at Anfield will be a difficult task. Liverpool played out a soul-stirring 0-0 draw in their first-leg encounter against Arsenal, a game that could’ve gone their way but finished with frustration. This wasn’t the first time Liverpool failed to close down such a tricky fixture and as a result of it, they found themselves well behind…

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Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has travelled to Africa to represent Gabon in the Africa Cup of Nations, had tested COVID positive and was asked to quarantine. The player, as mentioned by the Gabon Football Federation, did not take part in their clash against Ghana after he was diagnosed with “heart lesions”. These lesions were found in a check conducted by the medical department in charge of the tournament, who wanted to see if Aubameyang is 100% fit to return to the pitch after contracting the virus. However, the latest discovery puts his participation in the tournament in jeopardy and…

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He led the Men in Blue in 68 Tests and won 40 of those while averaging 58.40 with the bar. The 33-year-old has decided to step down as the Indian skipper in Test cricket, announcing his decision through a post on social media. His Indian side lost the Test series to South Africa in Cape Town yesterday after a series of controversial incidents, one that put himold in the limelight. Despite this, it comes as a surprise that the Indian captain has decided to quit his role. https://twitter.com/imVkohli/status/1482340422987169794 Having taken up duties for the first time in Adelaide in 2014…

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ISL

After a dismal run of form, Odisha FC decided to part ways with Kiko Ramirez and have replaced him with another Kino Garcia to lead them for the remainder of this edition’s Indian Super League. The side have picked up just 13 points in 10 games under Ramirez in the ongoing Indian Super League campaign and find themselves in the ninth position. Odisha have conceded the most goals in the tournament and have picked up just one win in their last six outings. They faced a couple of big defeats in the hands of Hyderabad FC (0-4, Dec 14) and Jamshedpur (1-6, Dec 28), but their 2-0 defeat…

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IPL

Indian Premier Leagues’s two latest additions Ahmedabad and Lucknow have been handed a deadline of January 22 to complete their signings. Each of these two franchises have the opportunity to draft three players among the ones who are not retained by the existing eight franchises, out of which they can pick a maximum of one overseas cricketer. “They have time till 5 pm on January 22 to complete their signings,” Cricbuzz quoted a BCCI official as saying on Wednesday. This deadline has been set after formally approving the CVC Capital Partners and RPSG group as the new owners. CVC Partners’…

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Cristiano Ronaldo made a stellar return to Manchester United from Juventus in August, and although he was expected to bring back a lot of the glory days to Old Trafford, things have not worked out the way fans expected. Former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was eventually sacked, and United went for a rebuilding maestro in Ralf Rangnick for an interim and consultancy role. The German has been in charge for just over a month now, and it is increasingly evident that there is a much deep-rooted problem at the club, which won’t change with a managerial appointment. Known as the godfather of gegenpressing, the…

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Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, who is capable of playing both centre-back and right-back, is one of most highly-rated defenders in modern football. The Spanish club have attached a 75 million pounds price tag to the player and are not willing to sell him in January, but it is highly likely that he will be making his way out this summer. But some reports suggest that the youngster has agreed Liverpool’s contract offer, settling the personal terms aspect of a potential transfer. Kounde has been in the radar of many premium clubs in European football, including English clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United. He has…

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Pau Torres has been on the radar for many English and Spanish clubs for quite a while now, but they have been put off by Villarreal’s valuation of the centre-back. If reports by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur will push to sign the defender to strengthen Antonio Conte’s push for a top-four finish. “Let’s see what happens with a centre-back. Tottenham want to sign a new centre-back in January. Pau Torres has always been on their list since last summer, but Villarreal has no intention to let him leave in January.”Romano said (as quoted by…

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The Gunners manager Mikel Arteta seems to have regained the trust of fans and management with an impressive run of form this season, which was also supplemented by some beautiful football. Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League and are the favourites to finish in Champions League slots as it stands, above the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham. In January, the club are looking to bolster their attacking strength having already made two massive additions in the defensive area last summer alongside converting Martin Odegaard’s loan move into a permanent deal. With the club having some off-field issues…

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