Following his injury in Paris Saint-Germain’s first leg victory over Chelsea in their UEFA Champions League clash, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for the foreseeable future.
Ibrahimovic, 32, pulled up in the second half of PSG’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea and clutched his upper leg after knocking a ball forward and then failing to run after it.
Speaking in his Friday press conference, PSG’s manager Laurent Blanc gave an update on Zlatan’s injury and revealed that Les Parisiens’ forward is suffering from a thigh problem and will miss next week’s game in West London.
“It’s a bad blow for us,” Blanc said. “He will be unavailable for the weeks ahead without a determined duration. He is a player who scores a lot of goals and brings lots to the team.”
That news will boost Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho’s men need to overturn a two-goal deficit in order to reach the semifinals of the UCL.
However Zlatan struggled to cause Chelsea any real problems in the first leg, but his presence on the field for PSG is crucial as they aim to break into the group of Europe’s elite teams. His experience, confidence and leadership has been vital for the French club since he joined from AC Milan in 2012.
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With Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore still on board to give Chelsea’s defense a torrid time, the French champions should be okay without Zlatan and see off Chelsea’s charge. But good news for PSG’s fans is that Zlatan should be fit again before the end of the season to help the capital club surge towards their second-straight French title.
But, psychologically, will PSG miss their talisman in the second leg at Stamford Bridge? Only time will tell as Zlatan will be watching on with the rest of us, when his side face their date with Champions League destiny next Tuesday.
It seems like Major League Soccer’s latest expansion team is taking a page out of Atlanta United’s playbook in its buildup to the 2018 season.
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After selecting five players in Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft, Los Angeles FC announced that it will be sending two of those players to the Montreal Impact.
LA FC will be sending Jukka Raitala and Raheem Edwards to the Impact.
The return? Bob Bradley and LA FC will acquire Impact center back Laurent Ciman — who has proven to be one of the best defenders in MLS since arriving in 2015.
“Laurent is a top defender who provides leadership and great distribution,” Bradley said upon acquiring Ciman. “His experience in the league and with the Belgian National Team will be invaluable as we build our club.”
With the addition of Ciman now in place, LA FC has built a strong central defensive partnership after the club also brought in former FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman in a trade on Sunday.
The expansion side already made a major splash with its first Designated Player signing this year, bringing in Mexican international Carlos Vela.
Chelsea picked up a convincing road victory on Tuesday as the Blues topped Huddersfield Town, 3-1, at the Kirklees Stadium.
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The Blues came out hungry following Sunday’s defeat at West Ham, and an unlikely goalscorer gave Conte’s group the lead.
Sloppy passing at the back saw Willian with the ball at the top of the Huddersfield area, before the Brazilian brilliantly played Tiemoué Bakayoko in on goal for his second finish of the season.
Willian — who played a key role throughout the match — extended the Chelsea advantage three minutes prior to halftime when his header snuck past Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lössl.
Chelsea was clicking on all cylinders after halftime, when Willian helped set up Pedro for his third goal of the Premier League season.
Meanwhile, Laurent Depoitre pulled a goal back late for the hosts, but it was too late to rescue a result for Huddersfield.
All things were pointing towards Watford’s direction on Tuesday, but a late change in fortune gave the Eagles a share of the points.
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A pair of late goals gave Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Watford at Selhurst Park, and pulled Roy Hodgson’s side out of the relegation zone.
Bakary Sako and James McArthur each found the back of the net after the 87th minute to complete an important comeback for the Eagles. Now, Palace sits 17th in the PL standings on 14 points.
The big moment of the match came in the 87th minute, when Tom Cleverley was sent off after picking up his second yellow card.
Three minutes into the match, Daryl Janmaat struck for the visitors after the Dutchman headed home Richarlison‘s cross from close-range.
Don’t look now, but the Clarets have climbed into the Premier League top four.
Burnley found a way Stoke City late on Tuesday, picking up a 1-0 win at the Turf Moor behind Ashley Barnes‘ late finish.
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The Clarets, who have now secured 31 points over their first 17 matches this season, leapfrogged Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham with the victory. However, all three sides will be in action on Wednesday.
Steven Defour nearly put Burnley ahead on 69 minutes, when the front man tested Stoke keeper Jack Butland — who had to make a sprawling save to his right.
While Stoke mustered up several quality chances, it was Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s blast in the first half that nearly found the top left corner.
Next up for Burnley will be a date against Brighton on Saturday, while Stoke travels to Huddersfield the same day.