How European glory for Chelsea FC and Arsenal could end West Ham, Spurs and Liverpool Champions League hopes


Evening Standard 05 May, 2021 - 05:55pm 19 views

What time is the Champions League final?

When will it be played and where? The final is on May 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET from Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. This will be the second time the stadium has hosted a final, also hosting the 2005 edition when Liverpool came from behind to beat AC Milan in penalty kicks. CBSSports.comManchester City-Chelsea UEFA Champions League final: When is it, where will it be played, will there be fans?

Has Chelsea won the Champions League?

In 2012, when Chelsea won its only Champions League to date, it survived wave after wave of pressure against Barcelona, somehow winning 3-2 on aggregate as Fernando Torres sealed the victory with a late goal on the counter at Camp Nou. Sports IllustratedChelsea, Eventually, Puts Real Madrid Away to Return to the Champions League Final

Under Uefa rules, associations are entitled to a maximum of five teams in the Champions League - and in that scenario Chelsea and Arsenal would be guaranteed qualification.

Should West Ham, Spurs or Liverpool finish behind Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester in the Premier League, they would then drop into the Europa League.

Chelsea booked a place in the Champions League Final against Manchester City on May 29 after beating Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Arsenal play Villarreal in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, 2-1 down from the first leg.

Chelsea currently occupy fourth spot in the table with four games to go, but West Ham are just three points behind them under David Moyes and Spurs are a further two points back. Liverpool are seven points behind Chelsea but have a game in hand.

Under Champions League regulations, Uefa rule 3.07 states: “If the association is entitled to four places in the Champions League and neither titleholder qualifies for the Europa League through its domestic championship, the lowest-placed of the association’s Champions League representatives is automatically transferred to the Europa League (into the UEFA Europa League group stage and the access list will be rebalanced accordingly).

“In this case, the association of the titleholders is entitled to one additional place (total of five) in the Champions League and one additional place (total of four) in the Europa League.”

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Tuchel has made Chelsea a team other sides lose sleep over again

The Athletic 06 May, 2021 - 06:11am

Tuchel has made Chelsea a team other sides lose sleep over again

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report - May 5, 2021 - ESPN

ESPN 06 May, 2021 - 03:00am

The Blues are on course for a Quadruple this season having already won the League Cup and beating Bayern Munich to qualify for the Champions League final on Sunday, are on 54 points, two ahead of Manchester City with a goal difference of 54 compared to City's 51. They are also still in the running for the FA Cup.

Australian Kerr put Chelsea ahead in the 41st minute when Norway winger Guro Reiten volleyed in a brilliant cross and although Bethany England failed to connect, Kerr was on hand to slam the ball into the net.

Reiten picked out Kerr again seven minutes into the second half. Her initial header was parried by Spurs keeper Rebecca Spencer, but Kerr blasted home the rebound for her 20th goal of the season.

Chelsea host sixth-placed Reading on Sunday and Manchester City visit West Ham United, who are ninth in the 12-team league and safe from relegation.

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Matildas captain Sam Kerr netted an opportunistic brace to help Chelsea go two points clear of Manchester City.

Striker Sam Kerr scored a goal in each half as Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to move back to the top of the FA Women's Super League.

English football, including clubs in the Premier League and Women's Super League, has started a three-day boycott of social media.

UEFA has announced it will redistribute €24 million to clubs across Europe when the revamped women's Champions League kicks off next season.

England's most capped player Fara Williams has announced she will retire from football at the end of the 2020-21 season.

United States women's national team forward Christen Press was on target as Manchester United beat Tottenham 4-1.

Chelsea vs. Manchester City in the Champions League final: A look at their meetings this season

CBS Sports 06 May, 2021 - 03:00am

The Champions League final will see two familiar foes square off yet again as Manchester City and Chelsea meet on May 29 in Istanbul. While they have never met in a UCL final as this is City's first ever appearance, they have played plenty just this season alone. While they normally just meet two times a season in the Premier League, they have already played twice this campaign and will play two more times before the season comes to an end. In fact, they will end up having played four times in five months by the end of May.

City and Chelsea first battled on January 3 in the Premier League, with their second clash coming just last month in the FA Cup semifinals.

Their next meeting is set for this Saturday for their second Premier League meeting, with the last one coming in the May 29 UCL final.

Here's a look back at their meetings this season, with each winning one so far.

A Chelsea team that was lacking stability under former manager Frank Lampard were thumped at home by City, 3-1. The victors actually scored three goals by the 34th minute, with Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne finding the back of the net in a dominant performance.

Chelsea managed just two shots on goal the entire game.

Their last meeting was just a couple weeks ago in the FA Cup semifinals, with that red-hot Chelsea defense holding City scoreless in a 1-0 win to advance to the final. Chelsea are one of the two teams (Manchester United) to hold City without a goal in a game since early December. 

Hakim Ziyech fired the Blues home with a 55th-minute strike in a match where City had the best chances, but Chelsea's efficiency stole the show.

The Blues will now play in the FA Cup final against Leicester City on May 15.

This Saturday they'll play their second Premier League meeting of the season with City in first place and Chelsea in fourth. City can actually clinch the Premier League title with a victory, while Chelsea are hoping to continue to boost their chances of a top-four spot, currently sitting in fourth place. 

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Chelsea FC to rival Man United for 21-year-old England international - report

The Sport Review 06 May, 2021 - 01:30am

German outlet Bild, as quoted by Football.London, is reporting that the Blues are planning to launch a swoop to sign the highly-rated England international from the Bundesliga outfit this summer.

The same article states that Sancho is attracting interest from Liverpool FC and Manchester United following the 21-year-old’s strong end to the 2020-21 season.

According to the same story, Thomas Tuchel is planning to raid his former employers in an attempt to beat Manchester United and Liverpool FC to Sancho’s signature.

The report reveals that Sancho has an agreement with Dortmund that he can leave if the German side receive a fair offer for the attacking midfielder this summer.

Bild claim that Dortmund have reduced their asking price for Sancho from £100m to around £78m to increase the winger’s chances of securing a return to England.

Sancho has scored six goals and has made nine assists in 23 games in the Bundesliga this season.

The England international moved to Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017.

Sancho has netted 31 goals and has made 39 assists in his last three seasons at Dortmund.

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Dortmund willing to sell Jadon Sancho: Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United interested

The Top Flight 06 May, 2021 - 01:20am

Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

One of the most interesting summer sagas should be Jadon Sancho and his potential exit from Germany. Will he stay, will he go? If he does, will it be the Premier League where he ends up? What’s next for the Englishman?

At the moment Jadon Sancho is being monitored by a host of clubs across Europe, especially Manchester United and Liverpool.

For Man United; They will revisit a Sancho deal but will not be held hostage for a huge transfer fee as they were last summer. They have already found alternatives if they fail this time around and will not waste an entire summer on one target.

For the Red Devils, the centre-back area has been labelled as a priority. Once they’ve sorted out this ongoing issue, they will look to sign a prolific goalscorer. It will be surprising if they were to sign another winger/playmaker in the summer without working on their more pressing issues.

Borussia Dortmund will be open to sell Sancho in the summer if the ‘right bid’ will arrive, after one year ago he was one step away from joining #MUFC.

BVB will be asking less than €120m to let Sancho leave this year – but… no late bids at the end of the window. ⚫️ #BVB

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 3, 2021

Plus if Paul Pogba leaves Old Trafford, it could add to the list of priorities to succeed him ahead of acquiring a player of Sancho’s qualities, attributes and positional preferences.

In Liverpool’s case; The owners have promised to make things right, and rumours suggest they will start with a high-profile signing or two to get the ball rolling.

The first name mentioned in this apology package that consists of many parts is the 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund star, Jadon Sancho.

The only sticking point in this matter is that the Reds will have to offload one of the front three if they want to add a new household name to the roster.

It is being said that if Mohamed Salah decides to leave Anfield, which he is apparently considering, they will look to replace him long-term with the BVB winger.

Chelsea again is waiting in the wings. The Blues have been silent in the Sancho saga and that’s because they, like Man United, want an out-and-out frontman to lead the line.

However, a deal for the Englishman over the likes of Erling Haaland sounds sweeter when you take price and wages into account. Haaland is expecting his next employer to make him one of the best paid forwards in world football.

Sancho’s demand is not that high – couple this with the fact the Bundesliga outfit is willing to sell and sell for less, the thought of a Chelsea highjack doesn’t seem to be so far fetched.

There have been rumours floating around that the Stamford Bridge side might just shift their attention to Jadon Sancho, which honestly, does not come as a surprise but also makes no sense when thinking about the quality in his position employed at the club already.

#CFC Transfer update

Article will be out first thing in the morning UK time. #Sancho

— Dan McCarthy (@MaccaSport) May 5, 2021

Fabrizio Romano, the football transfer guru, reconfirmed BVB’s stance over the player, reiterating he will be allowed to leave and will listen to offers close to what they are asking for.

The asking price last summer was set at €120m – specifically for Manchester United. This season they have set a lower valuation with €20m set to be chopped off.

BVB are more interested in keeping their most prized position at the club – that being, Erling Haaland. If they cannot keep him, they will ask for an astronomical transfer sum. The rumoured price tag is €180 million for the striker.

With the market more than crippled and big clubs, not just little clubs, feeling the restraints of revenue loss, it will be very interesting to see who can fork out anything close to €100m without having to sell first.

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Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says she will treat Reading clash on WSL final day like a cup final

Sky Sports 05 May, 2021 - 04:14pm

The Blues are in pole position to secure back-to-back Super League titles after Australia international Sam Kerr netted a brace against Spurs, taking her tally for the season to 20.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Hayes said: "It'll be a cup final for us and I'll approach it as such. We have to win the game.

"As coaches we want everything. Some people have played a lot of football in recent weeks and this is another real credit to the whole squad for getting the win.

"The Bayern game took a lot out of us emotionally, so I was wondering what our performance would be like today."

She said: "We've played them twice so I'm well aware of the challenges that you face when they're in this kind of form.

"All credit to them, they're still in the running for this quadruple and that will be a massive step for them and a real positive for women's football.

"We've got to keep working on strengthening our side and continue on the journey that we're on here at Spurs, to evolve our squad and be in a better position to compete next year."

'Sergio Aguero should join Chelsea' after he leaves Manchester City

Daily Mail 05 May, 2021 - 11:36am

By Charlotte Daly For Mailonline

Ian Wright believes Sergio Aguero should join Chelsea after he leaves Manchester City at the end of the season.

City announced that the Argentine striker would be departing the Etihad Stadium once his contract expires this summer, having spent a decade at the club.

With his future currently up in the air, Wright says Aguero would benefit from having 'Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic around him' at Chelsea.

Ian Wright believes Sergio Aguero should join Chelsea after he leaves Manchester City

Aguero has been linked with several European giants, with many convinced he will reunite with Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

However, speaking on Ringer FC's Wrighty's House podcast, the former Arsenal legend said Aguero would benefit from a move to Stamford Bridge.  

He believes the Premier League's fourth-highest scorer of all time could add more goals to his tally with the speed of the Chelsea midfield.  

'Can I throw something out there? He should go to Chelsea,' Wright said on the podcast.

The Argentine striker is leaving the club after his contract expires this summer 

Wright believes he would benefit from playing alongside Mason Mount (L) and Kai Havertz (R)

'When you look at Edinson Cavani [at Manchester United] and the pace of the guys behind him, you look at Luis Suarez at Atleti, the pace and everything they've got around him.

'Can you imagine Aguero up top for Chelsea with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, all those guys, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Christian] Pulisic around him, that's 25 goals.

'Me, if I'm Chelsea and I can get him for free, I'm going in. 

'I've fabricated this all in my head that he's vexed with Pep [Guardiola] and it's the kind of thing where he'll say, "Yes, I'm going to go to Chelsea".' 

Wright also shared his opinion on Aguero's departure, claiming it was Pep Guardiola's decision.  

He said: 'I think that decision has come from Pep Guardiola, Pep Guardiola doesn't want him there anymore.

'I heard his [Guardiola's] interview [after the Crystal Palace win], "What a goal, what an action, what a player, what a man, I'm incredibly delighted he's back", none of that makes sense to me. The fact we now know he's leaving, it doesn't make sense.

Wright says it 'doesn't make sense that he's leaving' after a solid game against Crystal Palace

Wright claims the decision to allow Aguero to leave in June was Pep Guardiola's call (R)

'He was so sharp against Crystal Palace. How a player of that calibre, as good as he is, is not starting against PSG [in the Champions League semi-final first leg] when you saw the chances they created where they didn't have a No 9, you saw the way he took his chance against Palace, you're thinking, you need a half-chance taker.

'We're talking about going into the next phase for Pep to go into that place where he should be [winning the Champions League], where he's gone with Barcelona but he needs to do it with another team.

'You're going into that situation without arguably one of the greatest strikers. It doesn't make sense that he's leaving.'

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