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EPL Talk - Thu Mar 8 8:05 PM
Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa helped Atletico Madrid take a big step toward the Europa League quarter-finals by scoring in a 3-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday. Atletico will carry a commanding lead into the second leg in Russia. Saul Niguez hit the net with a stunning strike at the Wand...
EPL Talk - Thu Mar 8 5:01 AM
Shanghai (AFP) – Oscar said he’s hoping to force his way back into the Brazil squad for this year’s World Cup after the former Chelsea star made it five goals in two games for Shanghai SIPG. The attacking midfielder, who moved to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year for an Asian-record 60 mil...
EPL Talk - Wed Mar 7 3:07 PM
Shanghai (AFP) – Brazil’s Oscar came riding to the rescue on Wednesday as he twice grabbed quickfire equalisers to force a 2-2 draw for Shanghai SIPG against Ulsan Hyundai in the AFC Champions League. Asia’s record signing found his magic touch when it mattered with a goal in each half to preserv...
EPL Talk - Tue Mar 6 11:25 AM
London (AFP) – N’Golo Kante did not feature in Chelsea’s match against Premier League leaders Manchester City at the weekend after fainting at the club’s training ground, reports said on Tuesday. The Daily Telegraph newspaper said shocked team-mates feared the France international had suffered a...
EPL Talk - Tue Mar 6 3:07 AM
Sydney (AFP) – New Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk named his first squad since taking the job Tuesday, with 38-year-old Tim Cahill included after the Dutchman and his scouts monitored 100 players. Van Marwijk was appointed in late January following the sudden departure of Ange Postecoglou and wi...
EPL Talk - Tue Mar 6 2:21 AM
Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Douglas ‘The Flash’ Costa owes his nickname not only to his thunderbolt haircut but also to his lightning speed and dribbling skills which are driving Juventus’s treble bid. The 27-year-old ex-Bayern Munich winger is coming into his own at his new club as the six-time Italia...
EPL Talk - Mon Mar 5 10:48 PM
London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United rode their luck as Nemanja Matic’s late thunderbolt capped a dramatic 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Monday. Mourinho’s side trailed to Andros Townsend’s early opener and Patrick van Aanholt’s second half effort at Selhurst Park. But Chris Sma...
EPL Talk - Mon Mar 5 10:10 PM
London (AFP) – Nemanja Matic capped Manchester United’s stirring fightback from two goals down as the Serbia midfielder’s stunning strike snatched a dramatic 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Monday. Jose Mourinho’s side trailed to Andros Townsend’s early opener and Patrick van Aanholt’s second half e...
EPL Talk - Mon Mar 5 1:07 PM
London (AFP) – Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has played down talk of a crisis at the club after the reigning Premier League champions slumped to their fourth defeat in five league matches against Manchester City. Sunday’s 1-0 defeat, courtesy of a Bernardo Silva goal, left Antonio Conte’s side...
EPL Talk - Sun Mar 4 7:40 PM
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte conceded his side were powerless against an “unstoppable” Manchester City who opened up an 18-point Premier League lead with a 1-0 home win on Sunday. Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half...
EPL Talk - Sun Mar 4 6:10 PM
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s relentless run towards the Premier League title continued as they opened up an 18-point lead by inflicting more damage on Chelsea’s chances of a top-four finish with a 1-0 home win on Sunday. Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 3...
EPL Talk - Sun Mar 4 5:46 PM
Rome (AFP) – A visibly shaken Antonio Conte and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon paid emotional tributes to Davide Astori, who died at the age of 31 on Sunday, describing their Italian compatriot as “fantastic” and “a great guy”. Fiorentina and Italy international defender Astori was found dead...
EPL Talk - Sun Mar 4 4:50 PM
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A visibly shaken Antonio Conte paid an emotional tribute to Davide Astori, describing the 31-year-old who died suddenly on Sunday as “a fantastic guy”. Conte, who coached the Fiorentina defender when he was in charge of the Italian national team, said the playe...
EPL Talk - Fri Mar 2 11:14 PM
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Premier League champions Chelsea travel to Manchester City on Sunday 22 points adrift of the side destined to take their crown and fighting just to salvage a place in the top four. Antonio Conte’s men could be five points adrift of the Champions League places b...
EPL Talk - Fri Mar 2 2:25 PM
London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has saluted “unstoppable” Manchester City as the Chelsea manager prepares for Sunday’s clash with the runaway Premier League leaders. Conte’s reigning champions head to Manchester lagging 22 points behind City and look certain to have to surrender the title to Pep Gua...
EPL Talk - Fri Mar 2 11:12 AM
London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger have no margin for error as they fight to avoid being frozen out of the Premier League’s top four and next season’s Champions League. When the London rivals clashed in the Community Shield in August, the sparkling sunshin...