& # 39; I was between two camps from mid-December to late January & # 39 ;: Out of favor Chelsea attacker Olivier Giroud reveals that he would almost leave last month, but now & # 39; will give everything & # 39; after his stay put
- World Cup winner was strongly linked to a relocation of Stamford Bridge
- Olivier Giroud fell into the pecking order under manager Frank Lampard
- He vowed to give everything for the Blues after the switch was not established
Out-of-favor Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he would almost leave the club last month.
The World Cup winner was strongly linked to a relocation of Stamford Bridge in January, but a switch could not be realized.
Giroud fell into the pecking order under manager Frank Lampard but vowed to give everything for the Blues.
& # 39; I was about to leave & # 39 ;, he said after the 2- 0 defeat by Manchester United on Monday.
& # 39; From mid-December to the end of January I found myself between two camps.
& # 39; But from February 1, I returned 100 percent to Chelsea and now I will give everything for the rest of the season. It is nice to run on the floor and have this feeling again.
& # 39; My personal goal now is to play as much as possible because I want to participate in the next European Championship with France. & # 39;
Yaya Toure approaches Botafogo as the Brazilian club approaches the 36-year-old former midfielder of Manchester City
Botafogo approaches approaching former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.
The Brazilian side wants to recruit the 36-year-old, who last played for Qingdao Huanghai before his contract in the Chinese Super League . expired.
According to GloboEsporte negotiations with Toure & # 39; s representatives are still ongoing on a contract, but must be completed by Wednesday or Thursday.
There is hope that the club manages to find the money as the board recently did with the Japanese star Keisuke Honda.
At the age of 33 he is a player profile similar to Toure, who is considered by many to be a club legend in City.
The Botafogo football committee approved the signing because they consider Toure to be a & # 39; spectacular African legend & # 39; and his resume supports their judgment.
Toure won the Champions League and two LaLiga titles in Barcelona before claiming three Premier League crowns on the Etihad.
He played 14 teams for Huanghai and scored two goals for the club, but it seems that his stay in China is short-lived.
Botafogo is the leader for his signature, but can give up hope for an agreement if they do not come to an agreement on Thursday.
The goalkeeper is not Frank Lampard's only problem at the moment. The shape of Chelsea spatters at home, they are vulnerable at home and the pursuit package closes quickly.
Suddenly he carries signs of fear like some of his predecessors. Where Antonio Conte walked and gesticulated and Maurizio Sarri pulled his cigarette butt tired, Lampard sinks deeper into his padded jacket.
The well-known threat of Jose Mourinho is on the way to Stamford Bridge next to Tottenham on Saturday.
There are problems to solve for the Chelsea boss and they start in the goal.
Lampard has been well aware for a long time, long before this competition when home fans unfolded a brand new banner in the Shed End in honor of legendary keeper Peter Bonetti.
The Bonetti flag attracted attention, green against a blue wall, fluttering in the wind while Kepa Arrizabalaga staggered on the couch.
Kepa was signed for £ 71.6 million and was supposed to be Chelsea & # 39; s number 1 to be for a generation.
When he was left out in the FA Cup and not recalled in Leicester, it seemed like it was a shock tactic designed to bring him back into shape and focus.
Willy Caballero was not particularly impressive against Leicester and cost his team a poorly assessed goal failure, but Kepa & # 39; s continued absence proves that it is something more.
This was a problem that the manager was not sed to have.
But veteran Caballero started again and was defeated by Manchester United's first attempt on goal, a header from Anthony Martial and the second header from Harry Maguire.
The 38-year-old might have expected better protection from his central defenders, but Chelsea failed in all areas.
Targets at the front are hard to find and at the back they are vulnerable. They have only won one in six in the Premier League. They have lost their buzz.
No wonder the manager wore the appearance of a man with the world conspiring against him.
Lampard & # 39; s desire for fresh blood in the winter transfer window was a sign that he knows that the young players who made such an impression in the first weeks of the season made some sense of their effervescence lost.
Perhaps it will be difficult to continue with their first full campaign at the highest level when pressure increases and mental fatigue plays a role. They have found it most difficult for an upcoming audience at home and turn into a fierce series of competitions.
Tottenham and Bayern Munich is the next on Stamford Bridge. Liverpool in the FA Cup and Everton, rejuvenated by Carlo Ancelotti, and champions Manchester City to follow next month.
With Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic all injured, Lampard & # 39; s front-three by Michy Batshuyi flanked by Willian and Pedro came out with a distinct retro feel.
Reece James was the only English start for Chelsea and it is perhaps no coincidence that he started the season late due to an injury.
James has been one of the most threatening players of his team in recent weeks and gave Manchester United an early start with the first serious attempt of the game, with a flashy drive across the goal and narrow wide.
Lampard turned on his heels and threw his hands on his head. Goals are hard to find without center-forward Abraham, who played for the winter minibreak despite an ankle injury in Leicester and still has to recover.
Mason Mount ran out quickly when N & Golo Kante again encountered a setback in a season devastated by injury problems.
Here's another mystery for Lampard to solve. The declining influence of Kante became a big part of the criticism of Sarri last season.
Yet his first season since Sarri has not been more fruitful. There has certainly been no immediate return to the player he was and he is clearly not yet aware of his fitness problems.
He walked out gloomy and confused, unsure why his body would fall back after those incredible years in which he won everything for him.
Mount looked clear and creative. He unlocked an opportunity that Batshuayi could not convert and forced a fantastic save from David de Gea only in the second half to discover that the whistle was blown for handball.
When they needed a bit of luck, they avoided them and the VAR decisions went against them. First a possible red card for Harry Maguire and then the goals of Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud excluded.
These are new tests for Lampard and Mourinho will enjoy the opportunity to put pressure on when he appears on Saturday.
England Captain Eoin Morgan acknowledges & # 39; humiliating & # 39; defeat by New Zealand during the 2015 World Cup left him & # 39; so close to the bottom & # 39; behind if he has ever been
- England suffered a & # 39; humiliating & defeat by New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup
- Kiwi & # 39; s approach was the blueprint for the radical transformation of England since
- Captain Eoin Morgan admits that defeat left him as low as he once was
- Four years on two sides meet in a crucial World Cup Group Competition on Tuesday
Eoin Morgan has England & # 39; s punitive defeat admitted against New Zealand was at their last World Cup meeting four years ago & # 39; as close to the bottom as I have been & # 39 ;.
Bowled for 123, the wretched total of England was overhauled in 12.2 overs by the Kiwi & # 39; s, whose approach to the game at the 2015 final reached the blueprint for Morgan to get a Radical transformation on his part.
On the eve of the teams' next World Cup meeting, Morgan said: “It was as close to the bottom as I have been.
& # 39; Certainly as a captain and as a player, so beaten from the park was humiliating.
& # 39; New Zealand proved a point that you can be really good people and grow the game and cricket in your own way and win at the same time, which opens up an incredible amount of countries around the world.
& # 39; I thought that everyone in the World Cup rubbed. & # 39;
& # 39; I don't think we're far away to put that team together & # 39 ;: England coach Chris Silverwood is nearing completion of the Twenty20 World Cup plans, as Jofra Archer and Tom Banton in the first position to claim the last few places
- England ended their fine tour through South Africa with a 2-1 T20 series victory on Sunday
- Chris Silverwood now completes his team for the Twenty20 World Cup
- Jofra Archer and Tom Banton are in an excellent position to take the remaining places
- Silverwood bleeds the praise of Eoin Morgan after his great-hitting heroics
- Alexander Povetkin's fight with Dillian Whyte is being confirmed nearby
- The competition takes place in April or May this year
- Povetkin's promoters have not ruled out a future rematch with Michael Hunter
- The Russian has been unbeaten since he lost to Anthony Joshua in 2018
- Conor McGregor is now closer to a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao
- The Irishman could return to the ring for the first time since August 2017
- Pacquiao signed with the same management company of UFC star McGregor
- Talks will now be much easier for a lucrative attack to take place
- Arsenal has only one Premier League match won under Mikel Arteta
- They scored eight goals in the seven competition matches of Arteta
- Hector Bellerin thinks they will come back in time among the goals course
- Luka Reischl is known as & # 39; Target Machine & # 39; because of the number of goals at youth level
- His success there has caught the attention of Manchester City and Juventus
- They could watch him break before joining professional conditions at his club
 By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail
And fast bowler Jofra Archer and the hard-hitting Somerset batsman Tom Banton are the two players who are best able to leave those who leave for Australia on the plane this fall.
Archer, an automatic pick after his screenings for England during the 50-over World Cup victory last summer, is currently sidelined due to an elbow stress fracture, while Banton is impressed by his combination of a clean one ball attack and invention. The only area he was told to work on after a first winter of international travel is his all-round fitness.
& I don't think we are far away to put that team together. We have played what we believe to be our strongest side in these three games. The more they've played together, the better they are, we've seen the improvement through the series, so I don't think we're a million miles away, & Silverwood said.
& # 39; There is Banton, Archer to come back and then we also keep an eye on who is doing well there. & # 39;
Silverwood believes that England is now in a & # 39; self-assured space & # 39; is in the shortest form of the game after a combative showing of Captain Eoin Morgan who sealed victory in the runbounty at Centurion on Sunday
Morgan became England's first batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20 internationals with the second of his seven. His 105 count is a full 50 more than his closest rivals Jos Buttler and Alex Hales and he is together fourth, alongside Chris Gayle, among all newcomers.
His current form – the left hand was called both men the match and series after hitting an undefeated 57 out of just 22 balls – justifies more than his decision to commit to the next two Twenty20 World Cups instead walk away after the 50-over triumph last summer.
& # 39; I'm clearly very happy. He has so much experience and he is a great player. Losing him would have been really tragic. He has a bit between his teeth, as we've seen, he has the ability to stay cool under pressure, methodically break down the scoreboard, take risks when it applies and lead us home like he did, & Silverwood added.
Prior to the final game, this was a miserable tour, despite the success of the team, for Jos Buttler, vice-captain of Morgan in cricket with limited overs. With an average of 17 in the test series, his return was half that in the first two games of the T20 & # 39; s, fueling the debate about his best position in the top six.
His usual fluency for half a century in the decision maker, but the conviction of England remains that they will get the greatest benefits with him at the top of the order.
& # 39; It was fantastic to see him coming with a smile on his face. He is a very, very destructive player as we know him, so we want him to come across as many balls as possible, & Silverwood said.
& # 39; I think he enjoys where he is now, so we give him the best chance and the best support we can give him to open the inning for us. & # 39;
& # 39; We are in the final stage of approvals & # 39 ;: Alexander Povetkin's promoters reveal heavyweight fight with Dillian Whyte is about to be confirmed
Alexander Povetkin is getting closer to a fight with Dillian Whyte , according to his promoters.
Negotiations between the two hunter camps over a heavyweight fight in April or May are promising and it is assumed that an agreement will be concluded shortly.
The World of Boxing Promotions Company admits, however, that a contract has not yet been signed.
They said to Sky Sports: & We are in the final phase of the approvals. Final clarity may appear in the near future.
& # 39; I don't like to talk about anything before signing the contract. For the moment, only Whyte is considered an opponent for the next Povetkin fight. & # 39;
The Whyte competition is said to be Povetkin's third fight since losing Anthony Joshua in Wembley in September 2018.
Since then, the Russian defeated British Hughie Fury in the summer before moving to Michael Hunter came from the US in Saudia Arabia last December.
Many believe that a rematch with the American is the most appropriate next challenge for Povetkin and his promoters have not ruled out a Hunter rematch in the near future.
] She added: & # 39; This does not mean that the second fight with Michael Hunter is no longer interesting for us.
& # 39; At the moment, the Whyte-Povetkin fight is very interesting for boxing fans. This is clear to us and the British side.
& # 39; And for the boxers themselves, this is probably the most promising fight in terms of a career now. & # 39;
& # 39; After the fight with Whyte we can return to the second fight with Hunter. Povetkin signed a competition with Hunter in December for the title of mandatory challenger for the WBA, after which both athletes announced their desire to hold a rematch. & # 39;
Whyte has also been undefeated since she lost a Joshua collision in London in 2015. The Briton has since won his last eleven fights, the most recent of which was a tenth round victory over Mariusz Wach in Saudi Arabia two months ago.
Conor McGregor could come closer to Manny Pacquiao showdown after boxing legend deal with Irish UFC star management team
Conor McGregor perhaps be ready for a sensational return to the boxing ring to face a large part of the sport again, after Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao put a deal on paper that could speed up the whole process.
McGregor is widely tipped for a return to boxing after his first attempt in sport in August 2017 against Floyd Mayweather .
The collision dropped as one of the most lucrative in boxing history, and it is now said that Pacquiao would like some of the action.
The 41-year-old has signed a deal this week with McGregor's & # 39; s management company, Paradig m Sports.
Paradigm has promised to take care of the & # 39; commercial and competitive efforts & # 39; from Pacquiao, which means that a blockbuster with McGregor is now high on the priority list.
Following the announcement of the arrival of the Filipino, Paradigm went to social media to broadcast their latest recruit.
McGregor acknowledged the arrival and wrote: & # 39; Welcome to the Emmanuel team. & # 39;
& I am proud of my partnership with Paradigm Sports Management and am excited about the opportunities that Audie Attar and PSM should have, ”Pacquiao said in a post-news release.
& # 39; One thing I want everyone to remember is always positive thinking. Never think negatively; that is the beginning of your downfall. Everything is possible. & # 39;
Pacquiao went to the ring for the last time in July 2019 when he faced the American Kieth Thurman and took the victory by a shared decision.
McGregor recently made his return to the UFC, defeating Donald & # 39; Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone last month relentlessly with a KO of 60 seconds
& # 39; He is not only a top strategist, but also a great person … he is standing next to the team through thick and thin & # 39 ;: Jurgen Klopp praised by Adrian as Liverpool comes closer to the very first Premier League- title
After the acquisition in October 2015, Klopp has built Liverpool again the most formidable club in Europe at the moment, won the Champions League last season and raced towards the Premier League title of this term. Klopp – claiming that the German is & # 39; next to the team through thick and thin & # 39 ;.
& # 39; What Jurgen has achieved here is extraordinary & # 39 ;, said Adrian BBC Sport .
& # 39; Look how we are in the competition. It's so easy to work with him. So easy. He always smiles, cheerful, optimistic. He is the manager, but he behaves like any other member of the team.
He who is close to us helps us believe in his methods. He has convinced us of all his leadership and capacities by being close to us and proving that everything he thinks is ultimately working.
Adrian, who replaced the injured Alisson in the Premier League campaign, also revealed how inspiring Klopp is.
Adrian added: & # 39; He is there to guide us. He visualizes football very well from the sidelines and transfers this knowledge in a masterful way to the players.
& # 39; Training sessions are intense. He does his job passionately and that is exactly how we perform in the field.
& # 39; Jurgen is not only a top strategist, but also a great person. The best group management I have seen. In addition to the team through thick and thin. & # 39;
& # 39; The goals come & # 39 ;: Hector Bellerin insists that Arsenal is close to finding their scoring boots as he is behind the philosophy of Mikel Arteta
Hector Bellerin has become the newest Arsenal to support manager Mikel Arteta by insisting on his philosophy will cause his side to score more goals when everything clicks.
The Gunners have not had the best start to life under Arteta, because they have won only one of their seven Premier League games under his stewardship.
Bellerin, however, believes that his manager's tactical plan will pay off when the will of Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe regain their calm for the purpose.
& # 39; Mikel has always been very tactical in his work and throughout his life he has been very professional with very clear ideas, & # 39; told the international defender of Spain the official website of Arsenal .
& # 39; It is very early in time. [Mikel] has a new philosophy and the way he has implemented it in the last few games we have played has undergone a major change.
& # 39; I think sometimes we have to be a little more efficient in front of goal [but] which is also something that comes with confidence. If you see that you play better and control games better, the goals will come. I am sure you will see that very soon.
& # 39; For us, the promise is that we try to get better every day. When another coach comes, you will be asked to do different things.
& # 39; The most important thing is to do things right and I think with the coaching we get and the tactical advice, if we do the things they ask us to do, we will be successful. & # 39;
Arsenal, currently enjoying a winter break in Dubai, organizes Newcastle on the weekend.
They enter the race in 10th place.
Manchester City & # 39; closely monitors Red Bull's prodigy Luka Reischl & # 39 ;, who scored SIXTY-THREE goals in 41 academy-level matches
Manchester City have made it is clear that according to reports they are interested in Red Bull Salzburg striker Luka Reischl.
The 16-year-old has made an impression for the goal last season, has 16 goals in 10 games, and has a stunning impression record of 63 strikes in just 41 academy games in his career.
His talent for the net means that he is nicknamed & # 39; Goal Machine & # 39; has picked up.
And now it is reported that City has shown interest in the Salzburg man.
According to the Italian outlet Calcio Mercato City joined Juventus' hunt for Reischl, which is also regarded as admirers.
Both clubs could buy Reischl cheaply unless he agreed professional conditions with Salzburg in the near future.
Reischl has already been capped by Austria under both 15 and 16 levels – with two in four for the U16s.
He allegedly came on City's radar for the first time when he helped Salzburg win the prestigious Istria Youth Cup in October and finished as top scorer.
They defeated the children of Arsenal with 1-0 while winning three games of three on the way to the final.
Once at the confrontation with the flagship, they beat Rangers 4-0.
He impressed the level below 16 for Austria and scored twice in his four competitions for them