manchester united – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 17:37:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.observingthesky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/observing-the-sky-icon-150x150.png manchester united – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ 32 32 Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa boss’ exchange with BT Sport’s Des Kelly in full after Arsenal defeat | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/steven-gerrard-aston-villa-boss-exchange-with-bt-sports-des-kelly-in-full-after-arsenal-defeat-soccer-news/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 16:07:30 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/steven-gerrard-aston-villa-boss-exchange-with-bt-sports-des-kelly-in-full-after-arsenal-defeat-soccer-news/

An ’emotional’ Steven Gerrard was involved in an exchange with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly after Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa to move four points clear of Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification.

Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute with a shot from the edge of the area.

The Gunners, who also have a game in hand on United, saw a five-match winning run ended by Liverpool in midweek but they completely dominated the first half at Villa Park.

Villa improved in the second half and hit a post through Ollie Watkins but they were unable to prevent a second straight defeat. Their final chance came in the last minute of injury time when Pepe fouled Douglas Luiz, and Philippe Coutinho at last forced Bernd Leno into a save with a free-kick from the corner of the area.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win at Aston Villa in the Premier League.

It was Villa’s first shot on target – coming in the 96th minute – and BT Sports reporter Des Kelly put the unwanted statistic to Gerrard shortly after the final whistle. Here’s the interview in full…

Kellys: Can you pick through the pieces of that? It has been a tough afternoon for Villa today…

Steven Gerard: I thought it was a tough first half because we allowed it to be tough. I thought we were indecisive in a lot of the things we tried to do, I thought our performance lacked belief and it wasn’t really until half-time that we showed that we could improve and be much better in the game.

But at that point you are obviously 1-0 down, you’re chasing it, you’ve obviously got to take a few gambles and a few risks that normally you didn’t want to do in the original game plan. But we were much better second half, first half we deserved to be behind. I thought we were second best.

Steven Gerrard was unhappy after the Arsenal loss
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Gerrard during Aston Villa’s defeat by Arsenal

Kellys: They pinned you back for long periods. Were you giving them too much respect, perhaps?

Steven Gerard: Yes, I think individually and collectively we maybe done that. We wanted to be organized, we wanted them to have the ball in certain areas – ie with the centre-backs and going outside of our shape – but we set up today to be aggressive and in that shape I thought we didn’t.

I thought we lacked a little belief in what we were doing and I thought certain individuals lacked a bit of belief. It’s difficult to execute a game plan, what you want and how you want it to look, if not everyone believes in it. Second half I thought we believed in it a lot more, OK we went back to front a little bit quicker, we wanted to test the centre-backs and make it a little bit more about their defense second half.

Arsenal were dominant in the first half at Villa
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Arsenal were dominant in the first half at Villa

But I think across the board we had more belief, we were less indecisive and off the back of that we created three or four interesting moments in the game. But overall, we certainly have no complaints in terms of the scoreline.

Kellys: I don’t think you got a shot on target until right at the death, there.

Steven Gerard: Yeah, that is exactly how I described the game to you, though, is it not? Not good enough first half and then improved second half. We pushed at the end, got some good crosses in, created some more interesting moments, and I thought the performance was a lot more positive second half.

But well done for spotting that.

Kellys: [Laughs] Since April you’ve made a lot of progress, but you’ve lost to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal – so there is still that gap that you have to close…

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Villa endured a frustrating afternoon

Steven Gerard: Well done, Des, for recognizing that. If you asked me that question, I would say the league does not lie and I’d say that Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, West Ham, Wolves, at the moment, are ahead of us for a reason and there’s a gap and that is what we are striving to do. But if we want to take one of them places, we’ve got to be positive, got to believe in it, can’t be indecisive, and we’ve got to go and grab it off them, we’ve got to believe what we’re doing, to keep learning and get support from up above and grab it.

I do like the way you work those things out pretty quick.

Of the Kellys: I think you’re aggressive in the interview, and you should tell your players to do the same thing (laughs).

Steven Gerard: I’ll tell you what I am in the interview, I am emotional, I care, I don’t like getting beat and I actually thought your questions would be a little bit more better, in all honesty. No disrespect, Des, I am not making it personal. But you’ve just said to me there’s a gap to Manchester United and City, blah blah blah and we know that. And you also said we had one shot on target towards the end of the game, that’s how I described the game as well.

Of the Kellys: Well, we both agree.

Steven Gerard: Cheers Des. All the best, fella.

Arteta hails ‘a big win’

Bernd Leno, Ben White and Rob Holding celebrate beating Aston Villa
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Bernd Leno, Ben White and Rob Holding celebrate

The result saw the Gunners bounce back from defeat by Liverpool in midweek and move four points clear of Manchester United with a game in hand in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Mikel Arteta had complained about the scheduling, with Arsenal having to play at lunchtime having hosted Liverpool on Wednesday evening, and he said: “It was a big win.

“After the defeat against Liverpool we wanted to come here and play well first, which we did, and get the three points because we want to keep the momentum going. I think the team showed today a lot of personality to come and play the way we played. We dominated the game.”

Bukayo Saka scored the only goal in the 30th minute and shone during the first half before being substituted with 20 minutes left.

“He was really tired and after Liverpool he had an issue with his hip,” said Arteta. “He’s played a lot of minutes and you could tell. We don’t want to risk (anything). He needs to go with England now and we decided the best thing to do was to take him off.”

Analysis: Big step along the road for Arteta

Mikel Arteta issues instructions to his players
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Mikel Arteta issues instructions to his players

Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds:

It was a sign of where the game was that Rob Holding replaced Martin Odegaard with five minutes to play. It is all about results for Arsenal at this stage of the campaign and there is no need to entertain. The prize is huge if they can finish in the top four after five years away from the Champions League and they strengthened that position at Villa.

Mikel Arteta needed holding back by fourth official Martin Atkinson as he continued to point at his players to track back during an attritional second half. After Leno clawed away one last fizzing free-kick from Coutinho, the final whistle was greeted elastically by Arteta as he embraced his assistant Steve Round on the touchline.

The Spaniard is striving to take Arsenal back to where they feel they belong – and here you could sense the importance of this victory in one of the more awkward hurdles that remained this term.

Bukayo Saka performs acrobatics to celebrate his opening goal
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Saka performs acrobatics to celebrate his opener

This was an off-day for Villa, as Gerrard slumped back into his seat during the closing stages. Arteta never stopped gesticulating. He has got his players set up in his image now – “he knows exactly what we need” goes the song from the jubilant Arsenal fans – and while trips to Tottenham and Chelsea still lie ahead, there is nothing flaky about Arsenal anymore.

Only Arsenal have regularly fielded a starting XI whose average age is under 25 – but they are growing in experience with each passing week. This was another big step for Arteta and his side.

Ramsdale to miss England matches

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale will be sidelined with injury

Arteta has revealed Aaron Ramsdale will not be fit enough to play for England in the upcoming internationals against Switzerland and Ivory Coast due to a hip injury.

The 23-year-old was absent from Arsenal’s squad to face Aston Villa on Saturday and faces a spell on the sidelines.

Before the game, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told BT Sport: “He’s got an injury, he had an injury in his oblique muscle and he will be out for a few weeks.”

Ramsdale has been an ever-present for the Gunners in the Premier League since his arrival from Sheffield United in August. His injury will be another disappointment for Gareth Southgate after Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold also withdrew from his squad due to a hamstring issue.

Arteta later confirmed in his post-match press conference Ramsdale would be unable to feature in the Three Lions’ two friendly fixtures.

“Aaron won’t be able to play for England,” the Arsenal boss said after the 1-0 win at Villa Park.

What’s next?

Following the international break, Aston Villa return to Premier League action against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, April 2; kick off 3pm.

Arsenal visit Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday Night Football on April 4, live on Sky Sports; kick off 8pm.

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Liverpool strike force could trump Manchester City for Premier League title, says Gary Neville | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/liverpool-strike-force-could-trump-manchester-city-for-premier-league-title-says-gary-neville-soccer-news/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 10:11:42 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/liverpool-strike-force-could-trump-manchester-city-for-premier-league-title-says-gary-neville-soccer-news/

Liverpool’s attacking wealth would have taken them over the line at Crystal Palace, unlike Manchester City – and the Reds’ firepower could be the difference in the title race, says Gary Neville.

Premier League leaders City’s goalless draw at Selhurst Park saw Palace become the second team to prevent Pep Guardiola’s side from scoring home and away in a Premier League season, after Manchester United in 2020/21.

The stalemate ended an 18-game Premier League run where City had found the net, dating back to Palace’s 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium in October, and meant the champions – who are four points clear top after playing one game more than Liverpool – had failed to score for the fourth time this season.

By contrast, Liverpool have only had one blank this season, with Neville highlighting the abundance of attacking talent available to Jurgen Klopp compared to Guardiola.

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“If Liverpool play this game [at Palace]they win this game because they have better attackers and finishers,” he said. Monday night football. “They are more ruthless and there are more, five players you would bet your money on.

“While at City there are more wide players playing in those positions. Phil Foden is a midfielder but he plays centre-forward. Jack Grealish could be a midfielder, but he plays on the left of a three in front.

“City have exceptional players in this squad, fantastic players, but as brilliant as they are, they’re not the most ruthless or clinical in front of goal.

“The difference at the end of the season could just be because Liverpool have more strikers who are clinical and goal-scoring. We know all season with City, the only thing that could let them down, that’s it. “

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Man City had 18 shots without scoring against Crystal Palace, their highest goalless tally in the competition since their 18 effort against Tottenham in August 2021.

Neville continued: “City are top of the league but they haven’t scored four times this season. Liverpool have failed to score in a game once. Could that make a difference? Of course It could. Both teams are at the top level so you talk about what the difference could be.

“Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are all at Liverpool and they will score goals. City are a brilliant team and could still win this league, but it could be the difference.

“Liverpool are really dangerous. I look at those five forwards they have. They go into the last part of the season knowing they can win a lot of football games with those five forwards. City don’t have the same luxury in attack areas.

Carra: City should have chosen Kane over Grealish

Jamie Carragher believes City display the characteristics of a side without a proven striker and pointed to Harry Kane’s protracted and unsuccessful chase last summer as the root cause.

“When a team doesn’t have a striker, they often play better football because they will have more players who want to take the ball, will miss, and the teams won’t be able to take the ball away from them,” he said. he declares. “But there will be times when you need this guy to put the ball in the back of the net.

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Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City side had enough chances to win the game but weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

“Would Harry Kane have made a difference? I always said this summer I was surprised they didn’t spend the money they spent on Jack Grealish on Harry Kane.

“I didn’t think City needed Grealish in particular; he’s obviously a quality player but with Foden, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling able to play there, it probably wasn’t the right choice.

“But let’s not forget that City can still win a treble this season. They missed chances [at Palace] that any player – midfielder or defender – should score. Not having a striker could make a huge difference, but City’s position in the league – and every competition – shows its quality.”

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Neville thinks the positioning of Champions League fixtures could have a huge impact on the title race

Will Liverpool take the lead at Arsenal?

As City drop points at Selhurst Park, the door is left ajar for Liverpool to take the lead in the title race on Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal, live on sky sports.

Although City and Liverpool have nine and 10 games to play respectively, Carragher believes Liverpool can deliver a psychological blow ahead of a series of crucial encounters that could well determine who gets their hands on the title.

Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.

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“City have been six points clear of Liverpool in recent weeks but they have the game in hand,” he added. “I think the game at Arsenal on Wednesday is absolutely huge. If Liverpool can do it at Arsenal, it would really hurt City psychologically.

“Bernardo Silva says City are still the favorites because Liverpool have to go to their stadium, and I absolutely agree with that. Arsenal and Manchester City away are the two big issues on Liverpool’s fixture list.

“But if Liverpool win at Arsenal and come within a point and then go on to beat Watford, the pressure will be on City at Burnley before the two teams meet at the Etihad in April.

“I know there are still games to be played, but I think City’s next three games and Liverpool’s next four games are the toughest and on us right now.”

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Premier League managers such as Newcastle’s Eddie Howe can’t ignore ownership questions, say Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/premier-league-managers-such-as-newcastles-eddie-howe-cant-ignore-ownership-questions-say-jamie-carragher-and-gary-neville-soccer-news/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 22:19:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/premier-league-managers-such-as-newcastles-eddie-howe-cant-ignore-ownership-questions-say-jamie-carragher-and-gary-neville-soccer-news/

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville believe Premier League managers must be prepared to answer tough questions about who owns clubs and where their money comes from.

Over the past week, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has handled questions about Roman Abramovich and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a ‘statesman’s way’, according to Neville .

But Eddie Howe, who was appointed as Newcastle manager by the club’s Saudi Public Investment Fund owners in November, declined to comment when asked if Saudi Arabia executed 81 people in a day after the his team’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

Ask by Monday night football presenter David Jones on whether it’s fair that managers like Howe should be faced with questions about such matters, Carragher said: “Yeah, I think so, with the situation and the way everyone sees it and at how much a lot of people are against it – and that’s understandable.

“Thomas Tuchel handled the whole situation very well with what is happening with Roman Abramovich and what is happening in Ukraine.

“The question to Eddie Howe on Sunday, the tone was, ‘Eddie, what are you doing working for the Saudis, aren’t you aware of what they are doing?’

“It was the insinuation, and it’s a very difficult position for him.”

Carragher then asked Neville, himself a former manager, how he would have answered the same set of questions.

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Jamie Carragher stands by comments that Manchester United should try to bring Thomas Tuchel to Old Trafford, says some Chelsea fans are ‘a bit hypocritical’

“Eddie Howe is in an extremely difficult position,” Neville said. “Tuchel has been like a statesman over the past two weeks, getting up and finding the right balance between understanding that he’s working for the football club, but also that it’s not right. He’s risen in everyone’s estimates.

“I think Jurgen Klopp does that very well at Liverpool too. When social or political issues come into their world, they treat them with great honour.

“Eddie Howe is going to have to because these issues are not going to go away.

“In any other area of ​​life, we’d be very nervous about working for an organization that has money that isn’t particularly clean.

“Footballers for the last 20 years have been shunned away from this, thinking it’s not in the sphere of sport, rising above it and not accepting the link between sport, politics and sportwashing.

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Gary Neville says the situation at Chelsea is a “red flag” for football and expects an independent regulator to step in to oversee the sale of clubs in the future.

“But the sport is now scrutinized in ways you wouldn’t believe. It needs independent regulation and transparency.

“It’s too much for the Premier League executive at the moment. These are massive global issues knocking on our door.

“Eddie Howe is not ready to deal with them. He is ready for the job, but he has not joined Newcastle to answer massive political questions related to a war or mass executions in Saudi Arabia.

“He’s a footballer, but if you’re a football manager now, you have to answer these questions because one thing is certain and that is that journalists have to ask these questions.

“I have to say, Abu Dhabi, these questions are going to come to the people of Manchester City soon, Pep Guardiola is going to start asking these questions.

“It’s not going to go away. If in a year or two a regulator is put in place and it’s decided that you can’t have public money in football in this country, they will potentially have to reverse what has happened over the last 15 years in this country because the state money is already there.

“It will have to be looked at very carefully because it will set a huge precedent with what they are doing with Russia.”

Neville: We have to be responsible | I would be surprised if the Saudi-Chelsea deal is done

Neville continued: “Reporters have to ask the questions. We have to ask the questions.

“There was a time when we tried to stay away from these huge societal issues. We can’t anymore.

“We cannot sit here with a global game, a global brand, with sanctions imposed on our major football clubs by our government and foreign governments, and not comment on it. We have to be responsible.

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Roman Abramovich is set to face further sanctions from the European Union as it seems likely he will be added to a list of Russian billionaires sanctioned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

“If you look at the owners of the top six clubs in the country, it’s probably only Liverpool who are popular with the fans and have no moral issues.

“The other five clubs, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are unhappy with their owners, and Manchester City and Chelsea have huge moral issues with their ownership.”

Neville added that he would be “astonished” if a £2.7billion takeover bid for Chelsea by the Saudi Media Group was cleared.

“There was a headline today that there was a £2.7 billion bid for Chelsea from the Saudi Media Company. I would be amazed if this Saudi Media Company was allowed to buy Chelsea on the back to what happened.

“I think there’s something that happens very quickly in terms of testing the fit and proper person who is not resilient or independent or transparent.

“We don’t know what criteria or hurdles the Saudis had to go through to enter this country.

“I was supportive of them coming, although I would reevaluate that after what’s happened over the last 10 days.”

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Pep Guardiola showed Man City transfer window priority in Champions League draw with Sporting – Alex Brotherton https://www.observingthesky.org/pep-guardiola-showed-man-city-transfer-window-priority-in-champions-league-draw-with-sporting-alex-brotherton/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/pep-guardiola-showed-man-city-transfer-window-priority-in-champions-league-draw-with-sporting-alex-brotherton/

Manchester City’s goalless draw against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday won’t be considered one of the great Champions League games, but it was unnecessary.

With Real Madrid making a remarkable comeback in the second leg against a typically self-defeating Paris Saint-Germain, City could afford to take it easy after beating the visitors 5-0 in Lisbon three weeks earlier.

City put in a good performance, never really threatened but never exerted themselves to the point of desperately trying to score. All the usual suspects played well, as did 19-year-old Champions League debutant CJ Egan-Riley at right-back, but it was hard to learn much from what was essentially dead rubber.

What Pep Guardiola will have learned, however, is that his number one priority in the summer transfer window shouldn’t involve Erling Haaland.

Fernandinho replacing Rodri was one of Guardiola’s changes to the squad that ousted Manchester United on Sunday, and the club captain turned in a typically professional performance.

At 36, the starting midfielder is nearing the end of his time in sky blue, although the end may not be as close as many of us imagined a few months ago.

After a slow start to the season in which he looked comfortable, Fernandinho looked comfortable anchoring City’s midfield whenever Guardiola decided to rest Rodri.

Against Sporting – admittedly in a game largely played at a slow pace – he excelled, sweeping the ball elegantly down the flanks and diving deep to help John Stones and Aymeric Laporte play out of the visitors’ press. On a few occasions, he created chances with assists, a clear sign that his timing and understanding of the game is always impeccable.

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He completed seven long balls, made three interceptions, three tackles and completed 89% of his passes. Obviously, he’s still good enough to cover Rodri in these games when City can afford to ease off a bit.

On the night Fernandinho became the 44th player in Champions League history to make 100 appearances in the competition, he was also named Player of the Match.

What the captain offers from a leadership perspective will be incredibly hard to replace when the time comes for him to leave.

“He guides and advises experienced players,” Ederson said of his compatriot during Tuesday’s press conference. For young people too, it is invaluable; he was in constant conversation with Egan-Riley on Wednesday evening.



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However, with less than four months remaining on his current contract, no concrete decision on Fernandinho’s future has been made.

“We see at the end of the season, he knows it. Another two or three months ahead. He will sit down with the club and they will make the best decision for the club and him,” Guardiola said after City qualified for the quarter-finals.

There’s been a lot of talk about whether City will target a new midfielder in the transfer window, but the most logical thing to do would be to offer Fernandinho a new contract. This should be the first move City will make this summer.

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Chelsea for sale: Up to 10 interested parties, most interest expected to come from US | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/chelsea-for-sale-up-to-10-interested-parties-most-interest-expected-to-come-from-us-soccer-news/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 22:23:01 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/chelsea-for-sale-up-to-10-interested-parties-most-interest-expected-to-come-from-us-soccer-news/

Up to 10 parties are considering making offers for Chelsea, with investment bankers working on the sale expecting most interest to come from the United States, writes Kaveh Solhekol.

Russian, Chinese and Middle Eastern money has been behind the acquisition of many English clubs over the past two decades, but that has all changed since the Chinese government’s crackdown on foreign investment and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Instead, the majority of potential Chelsea buyers, who will register their interest with investment bank The Raine Group, are expected to be based in the United States.

Current owner Roman Abramovich – who has an asking price of £3billion – wants to ensure the club is sold to someone or a group who will continue their policy of investing in the team with a view to redevelop Stamford Bridge or build a new stadium.

Abramovich has loaned Chelsea £1.5bn since buying the club in a £140m deal in 2003. Chelsea’s latest accounts show a turnover of £416m pounds sterling and a loss of £145 million after tax for the year to June 30, 2021.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wants to sanction Abramovich, but the National Crime Agency must prove a link to Vladimir Putin before the government can act.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win over Burnley in the Premier League.

Who are the potential bidders?

Todd Boehly-Hansjorg Wyss Consortium – Boehly tried to buy Chelsea in a £2.2billion deal three years ago and he still wants to buy a Premier League club. The LA Dodgers co-owner has teamed up with Swiss billionaire Wyss. They are unlikely to pay the £3billion asking price.

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Hansjorg Wyss (right) is part of an American-Swiss consortium interested in bidding for Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea

Muhsin Bayrak – The Turkish businessman’s spokesperson has told Sky Sports News he has submitted an offer for Chelsea but his claims are being treated with caution.

RedBird Capital Partners – The US private equity firm which last April paid £533m for an 11% stake in Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group. Premier League rules would prevent them from owning another club.

Thomas Rickets – The Chicago Cubs president is looking for investment opportunities outside the United States and was part of a consortium that tried to buy AC Milan in 2018.

Nick Candy – Property developer and Chelsea supporter who wants to form a consortium to buy the club.

Conor McGregor – MMA fighter and Manchester United supporter who claimed on social media on Friday that he was offering £1.5billion. We don’t think that’s the profile of the owner that Abramovich is looking for.

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UFC fighter Conor McGregor surprisingly offered his name as a potential buyer

Sir Jim Ratcliffe – Britain’s richest man once considered buying Chelsea but is known to believe Premier League clubs are too expensive. I bought Nice and FC Lausanne instead. His spokesman ruled him out of a move to Chelsea.

Loutfy Mansour – The Egyptian businessman is a Chelsea season ticket holder but his spokesman said he was not pursuing an offer.

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Thomas Tuchel says now is not the time for further messages after some Chelsea fans chanted Roman Abramovich’s name during the pre-match applause for Ukraine.

Complicating factors

There are only a handful of billionaires who would be able to afford Abramovich’s asking price, but any potential sale is complicated by:

  • Unease about doing business with Abramovich as he faces the threat of being sanctioned by the British government.
  • With Russian banks under sanction, it could prove difficult for Abramovich to sell or open a bank account for the charitable foundation he wants to set up to distribute the net proceeds to war victims in Ukraine. Non-Russian banks and financial institutions may be unwilling or unable to become involved in a potential transaction.
  • Reluctance to enter into agreements involving Russians due to the invasion of Ukraine.
  • Lack of confidence in global stock markets due to the invasion.
  • In the past, there was a lot of interest in buying Premier League clubs in Russia, China and the Middle East. It is unlikely to be the case this time.
  • The British government is preparing legislation that would allow it to seize the assets of those sanctioned without having to pay them compensation.

Tuchel: No problem staying in charge despite Abramovich’s exit

Thomas Tuchel says he has “no problem” staying on as Chelsea head coach despite Abramovich’s plan to sell, insisting he “loves everything about the club”.

Tuchel, who was appointed under Abramovich’s ownership in January 2021, admits the owner’s decision to sell has created “uncertainty”, but is in no doubt about his own future.

Asked if he would have a problem staying at Stamford Bridge, the head coach replied: “No, the opposite of a problem staying here.

“I’ve said many times that I love working in the Premier League, I love being in England and feeling the tradition and love of sport in general and football in particular. It’s an amazing place.

“Chelsea are, for me, the perfect fit. I love being here, I love everything about the club and I hope that continues.”

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Jeff Stelling unleashes remarkable rant live on Sky Sports after his son was fined £100 https://www.observingthesky.org/jeff-stelling-unleashes-remarkable-rant-live-on-sky-sports-after-his-son-was-fined-100/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 15:40:34 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/jeff-stelling-unleashes-remarkable-rant-live-on-sky-sports-after-his-son-was-fined-100/

The hugely popular broadcaster has shocked viewers after calling a private parking company live on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show after his son was handed a hefty fine

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