LIVE Football News: Chelsea Face Lille In The Champions League

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09:01, 22 Feb 2022
Last Updated: 21:53, 22 Feb 2022

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22 February 2022
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22 February 2022
GOAL: Villarreal 1-1 Juventus
22 February 2022
GOAL: Chelsea 2-0 Lille
22 February 2022
HALF-TIME

Chelsea 1-0 Lille

Villarreal 0-1 Juventus

22 February 2022
Not a bad start to his UCL campaign...
22 February 2022
GOAL: Chelsea 1-0 Lille
22 February 2022
GOAL: Villarreal 0-1 Juventus
22 February 2022
UCL line-ups
22 February 2022
Chelsea's Eden Hazard was unplayable
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22 February 2022
Mo Salah is inevitable
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22 February 2022
Schalke to continue partnership with Gazprom

Schalke's prime sponsor is Gazprom and despite the ongoing sanctions and crisis happening in the Donbass region, they are holding firm on retaining the Russian conglomerate as their sponsor.

22 February 2022
Fernandes' reaction to Maguire's goal

Bruno Fernandes revealed what he said to Harry Maguire after he scored from a corner against Leeds United.

22 February 2022
Auba wants Haaland link-up
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22 February 2022
Madueke the latest England player to star abroad

Noni Madueke has been a bright spark for PSV Eindhoven ever since he made his debut in 2020. Read more about the teenager below.

PSV's Noni Madueke Is The Latest Talented English Teenager To Shine Abroad
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22 February 2022
Eriksen's impressed with how his body feels

Brilliant interview with Cristian Eriksen as he highlights how happy he is with his body and he's getting closer to making a first team appearance for the Bees.

22 February 2022
Clubs circling for Danjuma

The former Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma has a €75m release clause at Villarreal which may be activated, as he is the subject to a lot of interest from major European clubs.

22 February 2022
Antonio Conte press conference

Antonio Conte spoke to the press ahead of Tottenham's clash against Burnley, here are some key quotes:

Team news: "Skipp and Tanganga, they are recovering. They're still not ready. Sergio, in the training session yesterday he wasn't present and we'll see today."

On Tottenham: "This is not the first time I am saying I'm enjoying working at Tottenham.  I have found a group of player with a great will and desire to improve. There is a lot of space for improvement in our team and we have many young players. I come to the training ground with a smile because I know that I stay 2-3 hours with people that want to work seriously."

On a Lloris and Kane:  "There’s a sporting director in Italy, Corvino. He says you can make mistake about your wife but not about the striker or the goalkeeper. For me, that is the best quote to understand football."

On Harry Kane's injury: "Harry had a hit on his back but he has to play. Even if he has one leg, he has to play."

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22 February 2022
UEFA to move Champions League final

It was reported earlier that although the Russia-Ukraine crisis was intensifying, UEFA were thinking of sticking with St Petersburg as the venue for this year's event, however, the stance has now changed a move to another venue looks imminent.

22 February 2022
Jurgen Klopp press conference

Jurgen Klopp spoke to the press ahead of his upcoming Premier League clash against Leeds. Here are some key quotes:

On Leeds: "We saw all the faces of Leeds United on Sunday. They are very brave and very exciting offensively, and defensively you can cause them problems but it is difficult as well because of the man marking all over the pitch system."

On Jota and Firmino: "No chance for tomorrow, Sunday we will see. It will be easier to say now no. They were not on the pitch for training which is not a good sign. We'll make a decision in the week."

On the title race: "Yes if we could win them all, it's a title race. I didn't think a second about the title race, I just thought about Leeds when I came in here."

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22 February 2022
What's next for the 22-year-old Riqui Puig?
22 February 2022
Cavani absent for Atleti trip

Edinson Cavani will not be joining the rest of the squad for their UCL trip to Atletico Madrid as he continues to miss out on more crucial games for the Red Devils.

22 February 2022
Matthew Etherington in caretaker charge at Posh

Peterborough have confirmed that Matthew Etherington will take charge of the first team on Wednesday ahead of their fixture against Fulham, not the easiest start!

22 February 2022
Fred likes the 'McFred' nickname

In a recent interview, Fred has confirmed that he likes the 'McFred' title and that despite not being the most technically gifted player, he gives his all on the pitch.

22 February 2022
Leicester tie 15 young Foxes down to pro deals

A clear plan for the future is in place at the King Power Stadium.

22 February 2022
Mowbray celebrates five years at Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has reached five years in charge at Ewood Park.

22 February 2022
Arsenal linked with another ST

Arsenal have today been linked with Atleti striker Joao Felix, with the club reportedly looking to cash in and recoup some of the £114 million it spent on bringing in to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Arsenal 'want' £114m striker as Atletico Madrid look to recoup fee
Arsenal 'want' £114m striker as Atletico Madrid look to recoup fee
22 February 2022
Jota and Firmino OUT for Leeds

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed today that both Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino have been ruled out of tomorrow's showdown with Leeds due to injury.

22 February 2022
22 February 2022
Chelsea, Arsenal & Bayern all want Olise

Since coming back from injury, Michael Olise has thrived at Crystal Palace, this hasn't gone unnoticed with Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich all on red alert should Palace be willing to sell the Frenchman.

Palace face fight to keep Olise with Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern interested
Palace face fight to keep Olise with Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern interested
22 February 2022
USWNT settle historic lawsuit

US Women's National Team and US Soccer have today settled their six-year lawsuit, which will see the USWNT receive $24m as well as the girls receiving equal pay as the men going forward. 

USWNT, USSF settle equal pay suit for $24m
USWNT, USSF settle equal pay suit for $24m
22 February 2022
Thomas Tuchel on the away goals rule

 Thomas Tuchel stated that he is in favour of the removal of the away goals rule and voted for the change. He believes this "gives a chance to be a bit more offensive because you can think about scoring and not be so afraid of conceding."

"I liked the rule because it gave a kind of extra edge in doing mathematics throughout the game. I understand that and it was also exciting. But at the same time, I never fully understood why a 3-1 should be a better result than the 2-0."

"I think we maybe end up with more extra-time and more penalties."

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22 February 2022
Oliver Skipp ruled out of tomorrow's PL fixture

Antonio Conte has confirmed that English midfielder Oliver Skipp has been ruled out through injury for tomorrow's game with Burnley.

Skipp not training as Tottenham take cautious approach after infection
Skipp not training as Tottenham take cautious approach after infection
22 February 2022
Brereton Diaz ruled out for Blackburn

In a huge blow for Blackburn and also national side Chile, Ben Brereton Diaz has sustained damaged ankle ligaments with the worry that he may not return before the end of the season.

22 February 2022
Chelsea lead the way for Raphinha

Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Raphinha as it has surfaced that should Leeds go down this season, the Brazilian can leave for as little as £22.5m.

Chelsea lead Barcelona in summer transfer race for Raphinha
22 February 2022
Aguero to join Argentina WC squad

Sergio Aguero has confirmed that he expects himself to be involved in an alternative capacity with the Argentina 2022 World Cup squad.

22 February 2022
Chelsea eye Jonathan David

The hotly touted Canadian striker Jonathan David is reportedly being eyed up as a potential transfer to Chelsea who look to find that elusive goalscorer as Romelu Lukaku's baron run in front of goal continues.

22 February 2022
Chelsea v Lille: Joe Cole derby

As Chelsea go to battle with Lille in the Champions League it was only fitting to do a piece on a player well-known to both clubs, Joe Cole.

Joe Cole: The Golden Generation's Lost Number Ten That Shone At Chelsea And Lille
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22 February 2022
Serie A title race

AC Milan sit at the top of the Serie A table, closely followed by Inter and Napoli as the title race continues to heat up. All three teams failed to pick up three points over the weekend.

Serie a fixtures
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22 February 2022
St Mirren appoint Stephen Robinson

Morecambe and St Mirren have finalised a deal for Stephen Robinson who will return to Scotland as manager of the Scottish Premiership side.

22 February 2022
Mike Ashley plots Derby takeover

Mike Ashley is reportedly increasingly confident that he will be able to purchase Derby and guide them out of administration as he looks to sell £320 million to raise enough cash to sustain the club.

Mike Ashley 'plots' £320m deal as Derby tipped for Championship survival
Mike Ashley 'plots' £320m deal as Derby tipped for Championship survival
22 February 2022
Champions League final remains in Russia...for now

After the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, UEFA at this time have confirmed that they have no plans to move the venue at this stage, but have alluded to a potential switch should things deteriorate. 

22 February 2022
Omar Elabdellaoui returns to football

What a heroic achievement from all involved!

22 February 2022
Madrid want Tchouameni but Monaco want a lot

Real Madrid have reported been huge admirers of the French midfielder for a long time and look to add him as a key component of their rebuild, Monaco however are asking for huge sums for their prized star.

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