Magath insists Fulham will be able to avoid relegation

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Despite losing 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s early game, Fulham boss Felix Magath still insists that the Whites will be able to avoid relegation.

“We have to win our home games and if we make six points it could be enough. We will stay up,” said Magath.

This statement looks like it might have been made more to keep the players confidence up than to truly assert that Fulham have the quality needed to remain in the Premier League. After two wins in a row, the Whites’ woeful defense was on display once more, with Spurs easily losing their markers, taking advantage and scoring.


It’s true that Fulham certainly have a chance to win their two remaining home matches. Next week Hull City visit Craven Cottage, with the Tigers having lost eleven on the road. It looks like Hull are safe for next season, so their minds just might be on next month’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

Fulham’s final match sees Crystal Palace coming to town. With the Eagles now mathematically safe, it’s only the pride of Tony Pulis that might hamper Fulham’s chances.

Of course, there’s no telling where clubs will stand by the end of the weekend. It’s highly unlikely that Norwich will manage a win against Liverpool, and with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all waiting, it sure seems as though the Canaries are the team to beat. But one surprise win and Fulham’s grand plans could well be over.

Magath remains confident, however, saying, “I’m sure we will stay up, because there were reasons why we weren’t as good as Tottenham, but next week we will make it better. We unfortunately have three players injured or ill so we had to change the team and that made us a little bit uncertain.”

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.